Backwell swimmers impress at county championships

PUBLISHED: 12:35 20 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:35 20 February 2018

Backwell Swimming Club.

Backwell Swimming Club.


Backwell Swimming Club enjoyed a successful time at the Somerset County Championships, with three members returning as county champions.

Over four weekends in January and February, swimmers, parents and coaches have been getting up at the crack of dawn to attend the 2018 Somerset Swimming County Championships at Millfield School.

Over the course of eight days of competition, the swimmers showed just how much they have improved, achieving a flood of PBs and finalist places.

With such a large number of personal achievements, it is truly difficult to pick the highlights, so the following represents a sample.

Total number of final places: 32, total number of medals: five gold, one silver and three bronze. Max Evens became county champion in the 10/11 year boys 50m, 100m and 200m fly, Eleanor Hollier is the county champion in the 16 year girls’ 200m fly and Holly Cocks is junior county champion in 200m fly.

Team Backwell were back in competition for round two of the Cotswold League. The team travelled down the familiar M5 to Wellington to face the home team and Brockworth.

Lots of great swimming from all teams resulted in a close and exciting gala to keep the teams and supporters glued to the action. In the end, Backwell finished second on the night by the narrowest of margins, just 1.33 points behind Wellington.

The club would like to thank all the parents and volunteers who dedicate so much of their free time supporting the talented swimmers.

Swimming is a great inclusive sport, which helps individuals grow and improve themselves mentally and physically. At Backwell Swimming Club, we actively encourage our swimmers to be the best that they can be, in both swimming and in life.

Backwell Swimming Club is made up of about 180 swimmers from the Backwell, Bristol, Nailsea and Portishead catchment areas. If you are interested in joining or supporting our club please take a look at our website ( or come along to the pool on a club night and have a chat with one of the club coaches or officials.

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