Bicester swimmer Bird flies into the record books

Kieran Bird
Kieran Bird
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Bicester Blue Fins’ star butterfly swimmer Kieran Bird has received confirmation from the South East Regional Amateur Swimming Association that he set a regional junior record for the 200m butterfly.

The 14-year-old’s time of 2.08.82mins at the Oxford & North Bucks County Championships in March has been formally recognised by the ASA authorities as being a new best time in the region for a junior boy age under 16.

It also won him a gold medal and Blue Fins club record at the time, an achievement he then repeated at the South East Regional Swimming Championships in May.

He was also crowned best overall 14-year boy in the region during the same championships. The South East region comprises Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex and Kent.

Kieran’s prowess for the 200m butterfly was also on show at the 2013 National Swimming Championships where he won a superb silver medal in the final. He’ll be competing again at the 2014 National Championships in Sheffield in August and starts as one of the medal favourites.

Kieran is from Langford Village. He attends The Cooper School and has been swimming at Blue Fins since 2008.

Blue Fins head coach, Struan McNeil, said: “Kieran’s development this year has been phenomenal. His achievements speak for themselves, and he can now feel proud that he’s reached the heights of a junior regional record - a feat no other Bicester swimmer has ever achieved.

“We’re currently working with him and his two fellow national swimmers Tom Thornley and Liam O’Brien on their preparations for the national champs next month and we have high expectations all three will continue to excel at this highest level.”