Elle gets her new year off to a flyer with a haul of medals

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ELLE Brown continued to demonstrate her versatility in the pool with a series of impressive results in the New Year Gala, held at the Sunderland Aquatic Centre.

The Chester-le-Street 11-year-old topped the podium in the 800m freestyle, 400m individual medley and the 100 and 200m butterfly events.

She also took silver medals in the 200 and 400m freestyle and the 50m butterfly and also bronze medals in the 50 and 100m freestyle and the 200m backstroke events – to win 10 of Chester-le-Street’s haul of 42 medals.

Jamie Keyworth (14) chipped in with winning performances in the 50m backstroke and 200m individual medley as well as silver medals from the 50m freestyle, 100 and 200m backstroke. He also won a bronze medal in the 50m butterfly.

Backstroke specialist Mason Jaques (15) won the gold medal in the 200m distance event and silver at 100m, while securing two further silver medals in the 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly.

Lauren Graham(14) took freestyle gold medals in the 50m and 200m events and added to these with a 100m butterfly silver and a 200m individual medley bronze.

Lauren Patterson won the 50m butterfly gold medal, with silver medals coming in the 100m and 400m freestyle and 200m individual medley, as well as 200m freestyle and 100m backstroke bronze medals on her way to collecting the FINA points 14-year-old girl award.

Georgina Lee (13) topped the podium in the 50m backstroke and also won bronze medals in the 400m freestyle and 100m backstroke.

Other medal winners for Chester-le-Street were Oliver Wallace (12) with a series of freestyle silvers at 100, 200 and 400m as well as a 200m backstroke silver and a 50m freestyle bronze; Nicola McConnell (13) with a 100m breaststroke silver and a 200m breaststroke bronze and James Davison (11) with two bronze medals in the 100m freestyle and 50m breaststroke events.

Isobel Oliver, Jacob Openshaw, Ben Ward and Joseph Fairbairn (9), Lee Hitchman (11), Faye Burns and Matthew Hunt (12), Olivia Nelson and Grace Routledge (14), Anna Turnbull (15) and Daniel Callaghan (16) all performed well and contributed to a successful weekend for the team of 20 Chester-le-Street swimmers, who finished in a creditable eighth position with 42 medals – 11 gold, 18 silver and 13 bronze.