International honours for Hatfield swimmers

PUBLISHED: 13:48 01 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:25 26 October 2009

Rachael George

Rachael George

INTERNATIONAL honours are becoming a regular accomplishment for members of Hatfield Swimming Club. Recognition for some of their athletes at a worldwide level is something the club is getting used to. As well as boasting two future Olympians in the shape

Katie Ambridge

INTERNATIONAL honours are becoming a regular accomplishment for members of Hatfield Swimming Club.

Recognition for some of their athletes at a worldwide level is something the club is getting used to.

As well as boasting two future Olympians in the shape of 1,500m swimmer Richard Charlesworth and 4x100m freestyle relay team member Adam Brown, other members are set to represent Great Britain and England later this year.

One of the club's own, Natasha Brown, also competed for the Philippines at the World Short-Course Championships in Manchester last month.

Johnny Quinn

Club coach Nick Juba said: "These are very positive times for us."

Hatfield swimmers Katie Ambridge and Rachael George have been picked for the GB team for the Tri-Nation Meet between hosts Canada, France and GB in Quebec City this August.

Katie will be taking part in the 200m fly, while clubmate Rachael is set to feature in the 4x200m freestyle relay team.

Johnny Quinn is off to the European Junior Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, at the end of July after qualifying for the 200m individual medley.

Bobby Cave

An English call-up has also come the way of Bobby Cave, who will be jetting off to Pune in India during October for the Commonwealth Youth Games.

Cave will compete in the 200m breaststroke.

Despite the success of these individuals, it may come at a cost to the Hatfield club.

Juba added: "We are coming up to a crucial time in the future of our club.

"Some of our top swimmers will be going off in different directions, although some of them may still have links with us."

Already Charlesworth and Brown have been whisked off to a specialised British Offshore Training Centre in Australia for two years to help their development in the sport.

Hatfield coach Juba added: "Richard and Adam spend time away from us because of the standard they are at, but we continue to manage their careers and we see them quite often."

Once the current crop of exceptional swimmers are on their way, the Hatfield club will begin again to discover new talents in the pool.

Juba added: "Our next job will be to look for the future internationals over the next few years for 2012 and beyond."

Hatfield's swimmers compete in the national final of the Speedo League in Sheffield on May 11.


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