TWO Redditch swimmers are completing final preparations for their first national championships.
Following their success at the 2019 West Midland Regional Championships, Aurelio Lencioni and Hannah Willis of Redditch Swimming Club will be representing the club at Swim England’s National Summer Championships in Sheffield at the start of August.
Both Lencioni and Willis were among the many Redditch SC medallists at this year’s regional championships. At a very successful meet for the club, Redditch swimmers won 27 medals – ten gold, seven silver and ten bronze.
There were three gold medals each for Amelia Rodd and Emily Farr and one apiece for Lizzie Kingham, Willis, Millie Checkley and Anna Farr.
Other medals were won by Lencioni (three silver, five bronze), Willis, Checkley, Rodd, Amelia Wise, Anna Farr, Issy Griffiths and Ashleigh Green.
Also representing Redditch Swimming Club at this year’s regional championships were Abigail Salcombe, Riley Perry, Dan Holmes, Brendan Colley, Rosie Ward, George Hastings, Orla Power, Caitlin Chance, Natalie Hatfield and Lauren Hartland.
As well as Lencioni and Willis, five other Redditch SC swimmers will be competing at this year’s British or English Summer Nationals – Kingham, Alisha Stephenson, Checkley, Rodd and Emily Farr.
While Lencioni and Willis have qualified for their first competition at this level, all of the others are now relatively experienced competitors at national meets.
Rodd has even made a step beyond national competition, having been selected for the Great Britain team competing at the LEN (Ligue Européenne de Natation) European Junior Open Water Championships in Račice, Czech Republic, between August 2-4.
Redditch Swimming Club head coach Chris Britt said: “Qualification for the National Championships is a huge achievement and I am confident all of our swimmers will perform well in Glasgow and Sheffield.
“As for Amelia, her selection for the GB team for the European Junior Open Water Championships, following her recent success in international competition in Majorca, is well deserved recognition of the progress she has made in the past couple of years and the very high level she has now reached.
“Amelia becomes the second Redditch swimmer to achieve selection for the European Junior Championships in recent years, following Issy Griffiths in 2016, providing inspiration for all of our young swimmers who might aspire to also gain international selection in the future.”