COLNE’s Katie Rilett-Young enjoyed a succesful end to 2012, in the British Gas Swim Wales Open National Championships at the National Pool in Swansea.
The 14-year-old Burnley Bobcats S6 swimmer competed in three multi classification events over the weekend - the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 400m freestyle - and gained new long course personal best times in all three races and was only 1-2 seconds away from the World Class Programme qualifying times.
Katie swam an excellent 100m freestyle race and was first reserve for the final, only missing qualifying for it by a point. She gained fourth place in the 400m freestyle race, the medalists being a London 2012 Paralympian swimmer and two older swimmers from Germany.
This was a fantastic achievement for Katie, who had only swum the 400m freestyle race competitively on two previous occasions and it was the first time she had swum the event in a long course pool.
These annual championships are aimed at top ranking swimmers in all bands, with national and elite disability athletes competing, and Katie faced swimmers from all over Great Britain and teams from Germany and Qatar. Katie’s idol, double London 2012 Paralympic gold medalist Ellie Simmonds, was present and swam in the 100m backstroke event on the first day of the event.
Bobcats Head Coach Michael Robinson said: “It was another fantastic weekend from Katie with great personal bests at such an elite competition.”