28th April 2017
Today was the second day of the British Para-Swimming International meet which is being held in Ponds Forge, Sheffield. Para-Swimmers from across the world have come to Sheffield to compete in the meet which forms part of the Para-Swimming World series.
The first two days have seen a number of swimmers competing from clubs in the North East including Teesdale Tiger Sharks Jacob Bray, Kingston-upon-Hull’s Owen Garsides, Scarborough’s Angus Leckonby, Billingham’s Adam Whyborne, Halifax’s Aliya Bacakoglu, Horrogate’s Charli Vines and Alexander Taylor, Adwick’s Hollie Pinder, Ben Webster and Brandon Scott, City of Sunderland’s Josef Craig and Gareth Orr and Durham City’s Benjamin Rutherford.
Today City of Sunderland’s Matt Wylie, who holds the 50 metres Freestyle Paralympic title, won his first medal of the competition after securing victory in the same event. Matt (S9) secured his gold with a score of 871 after touching in 26.31.
“I’m pretty happy with that,” Matt said after his swim. “The time was pretty good. The way I swam the race was different. I’m trying to move that race on. Racing out in Rio was a dream come true for me and it’s given me a taste of what I want to do in four-years’ time. I had some time off after Rio and I had to re-evaluate and I know that Tokyo will be even more competitive. That’s brilliant. That’s exactly where I want to be.
I’m not rested completely for this event. This morning I swam my usual race profile, exactly the same to how I swam in Rio. Tonight I tried to do it differently. I’m experimenting and seeing how I get that race perfect for Tokyo.”
Derwentside’s Matthew Gibson (S14) was also on the podium today in his second day of competition in Sheffield gaining a silver medal in the British final for the Men’s 200 meters Individual Medley.