Rising City of Cambridge Disability Squad star, Alice Rush travelled to Sheffield to compete in the week long National Youth Swimming Championships. Despite being disabled with a classification of S8, Alice met the stringent qualification times for four races at the able-bodied Championships and was one of the youngest to do so. Her first race was the 400m Freestyle where, although only 14yrs old, Alice found herself in an event with 10 Team GB Paralympic swimmers. Clearly undaunted, Alice dug deep and finished second in her category. Her next race was the 50m Freestyle. Unlike the 400m, this race is all about a quick burst of speed and fast reactions. Again Alice took to the blocks against much older and more experienced swimmers and managed to gain second place in the S8 category. The Coaches were most looking forward to her next race, the 100m Backstroke as this is the stroke they have seen the biggest improvement in training and she didn’t disappoint, third in the S8 category with a stunning three seconds off her personal best time showed her hard work in training has paid off . Alice’s final swim was the 100m Freestyle. After four days of competition Alice once again took second in the S8 category with a very impressive swim finishing in yet another personal best time. Her Coach at the gala, Kira Bonomo, was delighted and said “We know Alice has the talent to become a future disability swimming star and this gala has shown that even at the age of 14yrs she can handle the pressure of swimming in major events against some of the world’s top swimmers.”
Also Swimming at the Youth Championships was 17 year old Richard Jefferies. Richard put in solid performances in the 100m backstroke and 200m, Individual Medley finishing just off his personal best times in both events.