St Ives Swimming Club enjoyed a successful start to the new season – thanks to a stack of medals in their first outing.

Simon Bradford (centre) with son Jordan (left) and daughter Nicole (right) at the Fritton Open Water event.Simon Bradford (centre) with son Jordan (left) and daughter Nicole (right) at the Fritton Open Water event.

The local talents were out in force at the Robin Hood Open Meet in Sheffield last weekend and delivered some terrific performances.

Cathy Brown was the most successful St Ives swimmer on show when striking gold in her 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle races. She also picked up silver medals in 50m breaststroke and 50m backstroke events.

Ciara Taylor also completed a golden hat-trick in 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 100m butterfly races while adding a bronze medals to her collection in the 100m freestyle.

James Quinn did the 50m and 100m breaststroke double while Jaz Dearnley, Fran Crocker and Tom Davis were other St Ives aces to taste glory as part of multiple medal hauls.

Also among the medals for the local club were Harper Jackson, Joshua Marshall, Toby Offird, Csanad Rehus, Freddie Clark, Anna Freeman and Amy Coleman.

St Ives Swimming Club head coach Andy Hunter said: "It's a great start to the season after the summer break to win so many medals.

"We've got some big events coming up with the Cambridge Grand Prix and National League meets taking place in October."

Other St Ives members Sian Woods, Mia Woods, Millie Taylor, Evan Taylor, Ruby O'Dell and Isabella Marshall performed with great credit in Sheffield.

The success in the pool followed hot on the heels of glory for two St Ives siblings in the Fritton Open Water 1,500m event.

Jordan Bradford (16) won his age group while older sister Nicole (18) grabbed silver in the ladies category.

Their father, Simon, finished sixth in the male race in Norfolk.