Golden girl Gabrielle Burdess dominates for Sunderland

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GABRIELLE Burdess led the way for City of Sunderland Amateur Swimming Club, at the South Tyneside Graded Meet, held at Hebburn Pool, with an superb golden haul.

Golden girl Burdess, took four gold medals in the strong 12-year-old girls’ category, with victories in the 100m and 200m breast stroke, and 200m and 400m freestyle. She also picked up a silver in the 200m individual medley and bronze in the 100m freestyle.

The rest of the Club swimmers did exceptionally well to pick up a total of 56 medals – including 15 gold.

Ashlyn Liddle was in commanding form in the 13-year-old age-group, taking all three butterfly golds at 50m, 100m and 200m distance. Ashlyn followed that up with silver medals in the 200m individual medley, 100m and 200m freestyle and bronze medals in the 200m breaststroke, 200m backstroke and the 50m freestyle.

Completing the gold medal haul was 12-year-old Jennifer Sharp, who took first place in the 200m butterfly, adding to a bronze medal from the 200m individual medley event.

Jay Whitehead set many best times to take silver honours in the 11-year-old 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke and 200m individual medley, together with a bronze medal in the 400m freestyle.

Rachel Robins (13) had a cracking race in the 200m butterfly to take the silver medal, which was backed up with a silver medal in the 100m butterfly event.

Team-mate Abigail Carlisle smashed her best time to take second place in the 13-year-old 200m and 400m freestyle races.

Hannah Costello picked up bronze in the 12-year-old 50m breaststroke. Jazmine Moss won a bronze medal in the 10-year-old 50m freestyle event.

The boys were equally as successful with a huge number of best times.

Callum Dann stormed to two victories in the 10-year-old 200m breaststroke and 100m backstroke. Callum kept up the good work with more medals when he won silver in the 200m medley and 200m butterfly.

Joseph Pomfret celebrated a great weekend with a brace of gold of medals in the 11-year-old 50m backstroke and the 200m freestyle.

Jack Tallentyre produced some of his best times and went on to win the 13-year-old 200m backstroke, together with silvers in the 50m backstroke, 400m freestyle and bronze medals in the 200m freestyle and 200m butterfly.

Ryan Brewster won the 12-year-old 200m breaststroke. He also made it to the podium in all of the 50m events with silvers in the backstroke, freestyle, breaststroke and butterfly.

Kristian Donaldson wrapped up the last gold for the city with a great win in the 13-year-old 200m breaststroke. Adding to a hat-trick of bronze medals from the 100m breaststroke, 50m butterfly and 200m individual medley events.

Matthew Walker-Smith was a popular medal winner in the boys 10-year-old age group where he picked up silvers in the 50m backstroke, 100m breaststroke, 100m butterfly and 400m freestyle and a bronze in the 100m backstroke.

James Brewerton took the 200m backstroke and 400m freestyle bronze medals.

Robert McDonnell (13) smashed all his personal best times, leaving his best result for the 100m backstroke where he took bronze.

Head Coach Alastair Johnson was delighted with the overall team performance. “It has been a great two days of racing for all our swimmers.

“The swimmers are definitely improving their racing skills and commitment which really augurs well for the future.

“It is great to see so many of our team stepping up and having a really big go.”