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Newbury District Swimming Club trio head to Sheffield's Ponds Forge for the national swimming championships

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Three Newbury athletes are preparing for their biggest competition of the year after ranking among the top young swimmers in the country.

Abbie Holland and Kaleb Fox-Jones, who both attend St Bartholomew's School, have qualified for the British National Summer Championships.

Abbie will compete in the 200m butterfly event, while Kaleb will race the 50m and 100m freestyle and the 50m backstroke.

Chris, Eloise, Georgia, Abbie and Kaleb
Chris, Eloise, Georgia, Abbie and Kaleb

The Newbury District Swimming Club duo will take part in the competition, which is being held over seven days from next Friday (July 22) at Ponds Forge in Sheffield, after ranking in the top 20 in Britain in their events events.

Eloise Wade will compete at the English National Championships after qualifying in the 50m breaststroke event.

The Trinty School pupil was ranked in the top XX in England and will also head to Ponds Forge at the beginning of August for her competition.

The swimmers have already enjoyed a successful regional competition this season, where they were also joined by teammates Georgia Humphreys and Chris Emberlin

Kaleb brought home a silver medal, while all five regional qualifiers swam personal best times at the event in High Wycombe in May.

Kaleb finished second in the 100m freestyle in a time of 52:46 and fourth in the final of the 100m backstroke. He also qualified for the 50m backstroke event.

Abbie qualified in the 1500m freestyle, 200m butterfly, 800m freestyle and 100m butterfly, reaching the finals of both fly events.

Eloise, who took part in the 100m breaststroke, 50m breaststroke and 100m butterfly, also made it to the finals in the 50m event, which she finished seventh.

Chris qualified for the 800m freestyle, the 50m freestyle, the 200m backstroke and 400m individual medley, swimming PBs in all four events.

Georgia qualified for the 200m backstroke and the 50m backstroke, putting in superb swims in both events.

Head coach at Newbury, Emma Harris Commissar said: "I am really proud of all of our swimmers who have achieved so much and competed so well this year, especially after all of the time we lost to Covid.

"The regional results were superb and we're all really looking forward to British and National Champs now."

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