Hartlepool swimmer Owen is a splash hit

Owen Westhorp with some of his medals.
Owen Westhorp with some of his medals.
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A swimmer will cap off a major milestone for his club when he becomes the first to compete on the national stage.

Owen Westhorp make history for Hartlepool’s Aqua Force Swimming Academy as he makes its debut at the event at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield.

Owen and the Aqua Force swimmers have worked really hard this year to achieve these performances.

Head coach Alison Middleton

Owen, who will compete against others from 270 swimming clubs from across the UK, will take part in the 50m Breaststroke on Wednesday, followed by the 50m backstroke on Thursday, 100m breaststroke on Friday and then the 200m breaststroke on Saturday.

Owen, who trains eight times a week along with his fellow swimmers at Dyke House College’s and Mill House leisure Centre, has already won 40 this year and agained 50 personal best times.

His other sporting achievements including collecting the title of the town’s 200m athletics champion, Catholic schools North East runner up.

He is a club runner for Mandale athletics, completing in the 100m,200m,and 300m, and plays rugby for West Hartlepool and central district county ruby.

His swimming club’s head coach Alison Middleton said: “Aqua Force Swimming Academy is the competitive outlet of Hartlepool we are now seeing the six squads all achieving and competing at all levels of galas.

“Owen and the Aqua Force swimmers have worked really hard this year to achieve these performances.

“To produce a national swimmer in only four years is fantastic.”

For more information about the academy, you can visit www.aquaforceswimmingacademy.co.uk.