SWIMMING: Three medals and plenty of new bests as Connor stars in big events
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Ramsey star Connor Stuart has tasted success at two major events in recent weeks.
Stuart collected two medals at the Cerebral Palsy Sport National Swimming Championships at the Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham.
Despite being only 14, Stuart took part in the 15-18yrs age group and gave a terrific account of himself in the long course 50m pool.
He won bronze medals in the 100m freestyle and 100m breakstroke races despite being disappointed with his time of 2.39.53 in the latter event. He was much happier with a personal best of 1.51.29 in the freestyle event.
And he was only a whisker away from adding to his medal haul when finishing fourth in the 50m freestyle although a new best of 52.53 provided consolation.
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Stuart also swam in the 100m backstroke where his effort of 2.02.59 was a six-second improvement on his entry time.
A busy spell continued when competed in the two-day National Junior Para-Swimming Championships held at the Quays Swimming and Diving Complex in Southampton.
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Swimmers there took part in multi-classification races which means they are up against other capable of similar times with the winners decided on the British Para-Swimming Points system in which each competitor’s time is compared to the world record for their disability bracket. Stuart is classified in the S6 category for example.
Racing in the 14-16yrs section, he set a new short-course (25m pool) personal best and only just missed out on a medal in his first event – the 100m freestyle – despite being hampered by his goggles slipping under his nose as he dived into the pool at the start of the race.
Stuart also impressed in the 50m freestyle on the opening day of competition with another new best, but he saved his best performance for the Sunday to earn a bronze medal in the 100m backstroke.
Stuart slashed an incredible 10-and-a-half seconds from his previous best when clocking 1.57.89. That fine time also secured qualification for the British Para-Swimming International Meet in Sheffield at the end of May.
He will then compete at the Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association (CPISRA) World Games in Spain during August.