Hatfield's six of the best rewarded

PUBLISHED: 11:03 29 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:16 26 October 2009

Mayor Mick Long, coach Nick Juba and four of Hatfield Swimming Club's award winners

Mayor Mick Long, coach Nick Juba and four of Hatfield Swimming Club's award winners

OLYMPIC qualifiers from Hatfield Swimming Club were among six athletes recognised by the borough council last Monday. The Welwyn Hatfield Council Civic Awards were handed to Katie Ambridge, Rachael George, Johnny Quinn and Bobby Cave. Richard Charlesworth

Katie Ambridge and Rachael George collect their awards and certificates

OLYMPIC qualifiers from Hatfield Swimming Club were among six athletes recognised by the borough council last Monday.

The Welwyn Hatfield Council Civic Awards were handed to Katie Ambridge, Rachael George, Johnny Quinn and Bobby Cave.

Richard Charlesworth and Adam Brown were also announced as recipients, but they were out of the country training and could not collect their awards.

All six of the swimmers have been in sensational form, which has seen them reach outstanding levels in the sport.

Hatfield swimmers Johnny Quinn and Bobby Cave with the mayor

Charlesworth and Brown have both been selected in the Great Britain team for the Olympics in Beijing this August.

Richard will compete in the 1,500m freestyle after his time of 15 minutes 09.97 seconds won the GB qualifiers.

His time was the fourth best ever by a British swimmer at the distance.

Hatfield club colleague Adam will swim as part of the 4x100m freestyle team.

His time at the trials of 49.50 secs was the third best-ever by a British swimmer.

He finished second in the 100m freestyle and fifth in the 50m freestyle final.

The two swimmers become Hatfield's first Olympians since Mike Fibbens was selected in the GB squad for the 1996 Atlanta Games in America.

As well as the future Olympians, others from the club have been picked for national and international competitions later this year.

Katie Ambridge and Rachael George have been selected for the Great Britain team to go to Canada for the Tri-Nations Meet.

The competition will see GB take on Canada and France in Quebec City during August.

Katie qualifies in the 200m butterfly and Rachael for the 4x200m freestyle relay team.

Johnny Quinn has also been picked for a Great Britain team.

The Potters Bar teenager will be going to the European Junior Championships in Belgrade to be held from July 30 to August 3.

He will take part in the 200m individual medley.

Finally, Bobby Cave and Rachael George are both in the England squad for the Commonwealth Youth Games in India.

The duo will be part of the squad that will fly to Pune in October.

Bobby will be competing in the 200m breaststroke, while Rachael is in the 4x200m freestyle team.


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