PARALYMPIC hopeful Matthew Wylie starred in the Disability Senior National Short-Course Championships and the ASA North East Regional Championships by breaking a world record and a British record as well as winning two national titles.
The 15-year-old City of Sunderland swimmer, who has an International Paralympic Committee ‘S9’ classification, smashed the British record in the 400m individual medley at the ASA North East Regional Championships, held at the Sunderland Aquatic Centre.
He had a superb time of 5.36.80.
Not content with breaking a British record, Wylie then went on to break the IPC World record in the 1,500m freestyle event with an astounding time of 18.21.66.
In the Disability Senior National Short-Course Championships held at Ponds Forge in Sheffield, Wylie – up against a strong field of athletes from across the United Kingdom – took the 400m freestyle gold medal in 4.43.98.
Not only did this performance clinch the national title for him, but it was also the fourth fastest ‘S9’ time in the world this year.
He then went on to triumph in the 200m individual medley, recording another personal best time to secure his second national senior title.
Wylie also won silver medals in the 100m backstroke and 50m freestyle, together with a bronze medal in the 100m freestyle event.
Wylie who was recently selected for British Swimming’s World Class Development program, now focuses his attention on the British Gas Swimming Championships in March and the Paralympic trials for 2012.
Meanwhile, 19-year-old Jonathan Carlisle travelled to Toronto in Canada to represent England as part group of the England Talent Development team – competing against a host of world class athletes in the Canada Cup.
In the men’s 100m backstroke, Carlisle finished in fourth place with a personal best time of 56.59 – a new Northumberland & Durham senior record.
He then followed this up with an impressive performance to take the bronze medal in the 50m backstroke, again breaking the Northumberland & Durham senior record in a blistering 26.86.
Carlisle also enjoyed further international success as part of the England relay quartet which took bronze in 3.49.62.
H Three City of Sunderland youngsters took part in the ASA England Talent Diving TID Games at Southend – the venue selected by the Great Britain Diving squads as their pre-Olympic training camp.
Leila Burnikell and Shauna Fisher competed in the Girls’ 9 years and under category while Amy Clasper competed in the Girls’ 10 years and over.
Top ten finishes were achieved by Shauna in the floor routine (ninth), pool confidence and control (sixth), pool entry (fourth) and overall pool skills (fourth).
This gave Shauna a final placing of ninth overall, while Leila and Amy finished 23rd and 34th respectively.
The City of Sunderland team finished in sixth place in the Best Girls Team event and sixth place in the Best overall team category.