Taylor’s GB silver

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EIGHTEEN-year-old Adam Taylor’s excellent swimming form was recognised with selection for the GB National Youth Team to compete at the Portuguese National Open meet in Oeiras.

In fine form, Taylor swam to second place in the final of the 200m backstroke to claim a silver medal, touching the wall in 2min 04.62sec.

He then swam the backstroke leg of the 4x100m medley relay, and helped secure a bronze medal with his team-mates Joshua Winnicott, Kevin Wallbank and Bradley Lynn.

Adam’s selection for this prestigious event may just be the start of a promising international swimming career.

H City of Sunderland’s Josef Craig, Nicole Lough and Matthew Wylie represented Great Britain at this year’s IPC Swimming European Championships in Eindhoven.

The trio formed part of a hugely successful IPC Swimming European Championships team of 31 disability swimmers, who between them won 73 medals, 30 of which were gold.

Competing in his first major competition since being reclassified to the S8 disability class, Josef (17) made a very successful debut, winning three bronze medals.

His first came in the 400m freestyle, where he set a new personal best of 4min 38.14sec.

He then followed this up with another PB in the 100m freestyle, finishing in 1.00.52.

He swam the final leg of the 4x100m freestyle (34pts) with team-mates Sasha Kindred, Robert Welbourne and James Hollis to bring the team home in third place.

Josef also finished fifth in the final of the 50m freestyle.

Nicole had brilliant swims in both the heat and final of the S14 100m breaststroke event.

The 19-year-old’s time of 1:17.47 in the heat was a new personal best by almost a second and she finished third in the final to take home a bronze medal.

Matthew (17), swimming in his first European Senior competition, took part in the S9 50m, 100m and 400m freestyle events.

His best result came at the 400m distance where he narrowly missed out on a medal, finishing fourth in a new personal best time of 4:32.79.

Matthew finished eighth in the final of the 50m freestyle and was tenth in the 100m event.

The results highlight the growing success of disability swimming in Sunderland, which was further emphasised by the selection of Sunderland’s lead performance coach, Danny Thompson, to join the coaching team for the GB disability squad.