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Nick's Sponsorship Story

Swimming has been a long term passion of mine since the age of 8 or 9 I competed to national standard before going to University and returned to the sport after a period of inactivity mainly to get fit. Someone I worked with mentioned the civil service championships in 2008/9 and the next thing I knew it was taking over my life again.

Competing abroad

I have been lucky enough to train with some great squads and coaches since returning to masters and have won over 50 national medals as well as competing at World masters in Gothenburg Riccione and Budapest as well as Europeans in Cadiz Eindhoven and London. The sponsorship schemes from HASSRA and CSSC have been invaluable in allowing me to compete at competitions abroad.

Dutch National Masters Championships

Most recently I headed to Rotterdam last weekend for the Dutch national masters championships.

The 4 day meet attracted 1500 competitors from all across Europe to the world class facility Zwemcentrum and saw a host of world and European champions battle it out for honours. I headed out as a guest of the De Rog masters team and stayed with them for the week a number of the team are old training partners of mine from the north east.

Two gold medals

As a comeback to international racing I had relatively low expectations but was surprised to come back with 2 gold medals in the 200m butterfly (in a meet record time) and 200 freestyle a silver in the 400m individual medley and bronze in the 100m butterfly. All of these times qualify me for the European Masters Championships in Budapest (June 2020) and the Butterfly and Freestyle times set me up at the top of the British rankings for my age. Big thanks to the committee for their continued support with my swimming I wouldn’t have achieved half of what I have without the sponsorship scheme.

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