Swimming


MORE swimmers are being invited to take on the thrill of an open water swim event in aid of Children’s Hospice South West this summer. The charity has partnered with Dartmoor Open Water Swim to offer two shorter distance swims, alongside the 8,000m, 4,000m and 2,000m courses at Roadford Lake, near Okehampton, on Sunday, June 16. For …

BATH-based swimmer Jazz Carlin has announced her retirement from the sport after a successful 14-year career. The 28-year-old won world, European and Commonwealth medals before her crowning glory at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, where she won two silvers in the 400m and 800m freestyle events. Carlin, who won 13 major international medals, said: “It’s …

EXETER’S Liam Tancock is one of six Olympians elected by their fellow athletes to serve on the 13-strong British Olympic Association (BOA) Athletes’ Commission. London 2012 basketball player Eric Boateng was re-elected for a second four-year term on the commission and is joined by five new members who will all serve a four-year term from …

ANDREA Ayres is aiming to become only the second person ever to complete one of the West Country’s most daring swims. Devon-based Andrea will be attempting to swim from Cornwall to the Isles of Scilly at the end of July to raise funds for sea bird conservation. Andrea, who works for the RSPB, said: “I …

A SUPERB performance by Plymouth Leander has seen them regain the National Arena Swimming League title at the international pool in Cardiff. Leander finished 83 points in front of Guildford City with Millfield, Somerset, 26 points adrift in third place. The meet was also a personal triumph for coach Robin Armayan in his first full …

The last 12 months has seen a number of successes and changes in the West Country across all levels of competition. Despite losing head coach Jon Rudd, who took up a director of swimming role in Ireland, Plymouth Leander appointed Robin Armayan, who now runs the world class swimming programme at Plymouth College, dubbed the …

Plymouth Leander’s Ben Proud came within an agonising two hundredths of a second of becoming a European Short Course champion. In the event he was forced to settle for an admirable joint third placing in the 50-metre butterfly in 22.44 seconds alongside Serbia’s Sebastian Sabo. Proud had set a new British record time of 22.18 …

Former Plymouth Leander Olympic and world breaststroke champion Ruta Meilutyte returned to winning ways with victory in the European 50-metre breaststroke (29.36 seconds) to see off Finland’s Jenna Laukkanen (29.54) and Sophie Hanson of Sweden (29.77) at the LEN Short Course Swimming Championships in Copenhagen. Great Britain’s world and Olympic breaststroke champion Adam Peaty started …