Success at a stroke as City of Leeds Swimming Club win 165 medals

The City of Leeds Swimming Club's juniors.
The City of Leeds Swimming Club's juniors.
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Leeds is known for making a massive splash in the diving pool – but the City of Leeds Swimming Club are also making big waves.

Leeds recently hosted the Yorkshire Swimming Championships with the host city scooping an amazing 165 medals at the John Charles Centre For Sport.

Golden girl Sophie Hobbah led the incredible haul with an amazing nine golds as the host city amassed 68 golds, 44 silvers and 53 bronzes.

Hobbah’s efforts stole the show with the youngster’s nine victories in the 11 years girls’ category supplemented by a bronze.

But Abigail Burton was not far behind in the 13 year girls’ division with six golds and one silver. Ryan Flanagan also scooped six golds in the 17 years and over boy’s category with Jessica Manning scooping five golds and one silver in the 12 years girls’ section.

Layla Black took away the largest medal tally – with the 12 year girls’ swimmer amassing 11 through three golds, one silver and seven bronzes. Not far behind with 10 medals was Eddisson Munoz in the 13 years boy’s category with three golds, five silvers and two bronzes.

Jacob Butterfield also scooped eight medals in the 12 years boy’s category through three golds, two silvers and three bronzes.

There were also four-gold hauls for Rebecca Mottershaw in the 14/15 years girls’ category, Harry Devlin in the 12 year boy’s section and Harrison Day in the 15-16 year boy’s division. Day added two silvers with Mottershaw adding one runners-up placing and Devlin a bronze.

Meanwhile, the search for junior Yorkshire dominance is about to get under way on the cricket front through the 2013 Drax Cup. The biggest cricket competition for under-9s in the country was launched at Headingley’s Indoor Cricket Centre by Yorkshire all-rounder Richard Pyrah and England women’s bowler Katherine Brunt.

The competition begins after Easter and runs until July.

Teams play in a series of events to produce four area winners, one from each region of Yorkshire. These four teams play in the Drax Cup 2013 Finals at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on Tuesday, July 9, prior to Yorkshire Vikings’ clash with Leicestershire Foxes in the Friends Life t20. Schools need to enter by March 22.

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Meanwhile, pupils at Chapel Allerton Primary School have also been doing their bit for the Leeds sporting scene by winning the recent Indoor Sportshall Championships in athletics.

Headteacher Nicholas Sykes enthused: “Every child can be truly proud of their excellent contribution as the team threw, ran and jumped better than their opponents.

“We are especially proud of Travon Wenham in Year 6, who is the fastest running primary pupil in Leeds!”