St Neots brother and sister collect 15 medals

A BROTHER and sister from Little Paxton collected 15 medals during great performances at the Bedfordshire County Swimming Championships. Longsands College students Christian Stokes, 16, and sister Kimberley, 12, were swimming for Biggleswade Swimming Club

A BROTHER and sister from Little Paxton collected 15 medals during great performances at the Bedfordshire County Swimming Championships.

Longsands College students Christian Stokes, 16, and sister Kimberley, 12, were swimming for Biggleswade Swimming Club.

Head coach Joanne McConnell was full of admiration for the pair's dedication and achievements: "For a brother and sister to win so many medals from a meeting is amazing, but they are both very talented swimmers.

"Christian has qualified for the regional championships in several events and will, I'm sure, prove his quality. Kimberley will be at the regional age group championships later in the year with a great chance of success."


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Christian took gold in the 15-18 year-old 4x50m freestyle and managed two silver medals in the 4x50m medley relay and 4x100m open relay. Earlier he won silver medals in the 200m individual medley and 200m backstroke events as well as a bronze in the 200m individual medley senior category.

Christian has now gained eleven East Region qualifying times and will compete at Norwich in May.

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However, his six medal haul was eclipsed by sister Kimberley.

Her three golds came from the 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly and 400m individual medley. She then took silver in the 200m individual medley and bronze in 200m backstroke, 50m butterfly, 400m freestyle, 200m freestyle and 50m freestyle.

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