Young Bicester swimmer chosen to represent county

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Eleven-year-old Bicester Blue Fins swimmer, Freddie Ashley-Sparks, has been selected to represent Oxfordshire & North Buckinghamshire at the inter-county junior gala.

He was selected from county rankings and will compete at the event in Biggleswade this weekend.

Ashley-Sparks, who lives in Upper Heyford and has been swimming at Bicester Blue Fins since 2009, is the club’s 11-year-old boys champion, a member of the competitive squad that recently secured promotion to the first division of the National Arena League and also swims in the Milton Keynes & District Junior Swimming League.

Head coach Struan McNeil said: “Freddie’s had a tremendous 12 months, breaking age group records at the club, competing at regional level and swimming at events all over the country.

“We’re delighted he’s been selected to represent our county and gain some more great experience. It’s not only something he can be personally proud of, but the club’s proud of him too.”