Bicester Blue Fins add to gold medal tally

Freddie Ashley-Sparks
Freddie Ashley-Sparks

Bicester Blue Fins’ swimmers continued their success at the Oxfordshire & North Bucks County Swimming Championships by winning another seven individual gold medals with one weekend of competition remaining.

The squad, sponsored by Bicester Village, now boasts six event age group champions, putting it firmly in the top five clubs in the county medal table.

Fourteen-year-old national swimmer Kieran Bird further demonstrated why he’s considered one of the best talents in the region as he picked up three golds in the 200m and 100m butterfly and 100m individual medley, while also winning a silver and a bronze to add to the two gold medals he has already won.

His fellow national swimmer and 14-year-old rival, Tom Thornley, was also in outstanding form to win a gold, silver and two bronzes, while Lottie Wynne-Jones stormed to victory in the 50m butterfly before claiming four silvers, and 11-year-old Freddie Ashley-Sparks secured his third gold medal of the championships. William Whitley also picked up a gold.

Other medal winners were: Oliver Inness (three silvers and a bronze), Maddie Powell (three bronzes), Tabitha Watkins (silver and bronze) and Zoe Pollock (bronze).

Blue Fins head coach, Struan McNeil, said: “We’re not one of the larger clubs in the county but we’re definitely punching above our weight at these championships. To have youngsters and masters picking up 13 gold medals with one weekend to go is a sign of how much this club is developing.

“As well as all the PBs and club records, we now have ten swimmers with regional qualifying times and two have secured a clutch of national times. We have some promising talent and the coaches are excited about their potential for the future.”