King and Hall take on the country’s finest in London

Tom King
Tom King

Tom King has been putting his all-round sports skills to the test on the national stage, by competing at Oxford University and Crystal palace.

He represented Bishop Burton College at the British Universities and College Sport (BUCS) Games in the tetrathlon, which involves swimming, fencing, running and shooting.

Niamh Hall

Niamh Hall

Part of the competition took place at Iffley Road where Roger Bannister ran his historical four-minute mile.

The Bishop Burton team were very happy with their performances and King managed to secure a third place and was very pleased to come home with his first BUCS medal.

The Bridlington Swimming Club member then went to London to compete in the British Biathlon Championships. King ran first and with a good solid performance took to the 50m pool for his swim.

His swim secured him 13th place in the competition, which is his highest placing in this national event.

His Bridlington team-mate Niamh Hall, was also a finalist at the National Schools Biathlon Championships at Crystal Palace Sports Arena.

Representing Martongate School, Hall competed in the 12 years girls category and achieved excellent personal best times in both the 50m swim and 800m run, to achieve 101st ranking throughout the UK, moving up the finishing order 83 places from her qualifying competition.

Closer to home, she also competed in the Driffield Area Schools Biathlon, taking first position with a strong swim and run to qualify for the Yorkshire finals in July.

Meanwhile, Bridlington swimmers were well represented at the Beverley Barracudas Open Meet.

On duty were ladies captain Katie Nicholson, Danielle Coverdale, Brook Hughes, Rebecca Witty, Jasmine Sissons, Connie Oliver, Matilda Hall, Lewis Hebden and Dru Hall.

Swimmers competed in 39 events, achieving five gold medals, nine silvers and five bronze, with and a total of 25 personal best times.

Notable outstanding swims came from Brooke Hughes in the 100m freestyle with an 8.5-second PB, achieving a bronze medal to add to a gold in the 50m backstroke.

Hebden and Matilda Hall significantly lowered their previous best times in the 100m breaststroke, Hebden earlier achieving gold in the 50m breaststroke and 50m butterfly.

Hall fought hard to win bronze in the 200m individual medley and had a respectable swim in the 100m and 50m breaststroke, while Nicholson secured silvers in the 200m IM and the 100m backstroke.

Coverdale achieved a gold in the 200IM, a silver in 100m freestyle and three bronze medals in 50m and 100m backstroke and 50m freestyle.

Oliver overcame nerves to gain silver in the 50m butterfly while an outstanding 9.5 second PB came from Sissons in the 50m backstroke, together with three silver medals from her other events. She also came away with six PBs.

Finally, Witty increased her lead in the 100m freestyle in last 25m of her heat and came home with gold in the 50m backstroke and silver in the 50m freestyle.