Amelia strikes gold in Welsh capital

PUBLISHED: 14:45 27 November 2013 | UPDATED: 14:45 27 November 2013

Amelia Chappell.

Amelia Chappell.


Clevedon Swimming Club member Amelia Chappell enjoyed success at the Welsh Capital Open Meet.

SWIMMERS from Clevedon Swimming Club, sponsored by Hotspring Southwest and Wales, travelled to Cardiff for the Welsh Capital Open Meet, a popular high-level meet.

Thirteen-year-old Amelia Chappell has always performed well at this meet and this year was no exception. Competing in nine events over a busy weekend, Amelia secured gold in the 200m butterfly, 50m backstroke, 50m butterfly, 400m individual medley and 100m backstroke, taking silver in the 100m butterfly and bronze in the 400m freestyle and amassing enough points to take fourth place in the overall top girl award.

Also taking podium positions were 10-year-old Ben Penhale with bronze in the 50m butterfly and 200m individual medley, and 16-year-old Callum Greenwood with a bronze in the 50m backstroke, while Ellie Chappell, India Gibson, George Leaman and Lizzie Warnes all had placings in the top eight.

In the end, only 15 swimmers travelled to Cardiff for this popular meet, after the vast majority of Clevedon’s entries were rejected as the meet was heavily oversubscribed.

The journey was well worth it as all of the swimmers notched up at least one personal best time each over the weekend and there were great first time performances in long course (50m pool) events for Nelly Bridger Morales and Sophie Chambers.

The club now look forward to their own club championships and are celebrating reaching the B Final of the National Arena League, going into this event in the top slot of Division One in December.

Clevedon is a popular local club with a waiting list for assessments to get a place in the club so if you would like your child to experience competitive swimming in the future, then make sure you visit their website to get more details.

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