Hartlepool swimmer leads the way at Northumberland & Durham Championships

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A HARTLEPOOL teen led the charge for his swimming team with four medals at the Northumberland & Durham Championships.

Owen Westhorp, of Mowbray Road, won four of Aquaforce Swimming Academy’s six medals at the event at the Sunderland Aquatic Centre.

The 13-year-old became the regional champion in the 50 metre backstroke and the 50 metre breastroke, while he also won two silver medals.

Alison Middleton, head coach at Aquaforce, said: “The boys did amazingly well and six medals is our best ever haul, it is a great success and achievement.”

Owen, who attends English Martyrs School, had been tipped for success and he added silvers in the 100 metre breastroke and 50 metre freestyle to his wins.

His talent in the pool has not gone unnoticed and he could now represent his country.

Alison said: “Owen has been selected for the Catholic Schools Sports Federation of Great Britain team as a first reserve to go to the FISEC Games in Malta.

“He should be competing as he is the fastest, but they didn’t know Owen swam so he is first reserve for now.”

There was also success for 14-year-old Alex Boynton at the Championships as he achieved two bronze medals.

Alex, of Caistor Drive, came third in the 100 metre breastroke and the 50 metre backstroke to get himself on the podium. There were a further two fifth place finishes for Aquaforce while all of their competitors made the final of their respective events.

Aquaforce are hoping for even more success at the second round of the Northumberland & Durham Championships, which takes place on February 28 and March 1.