Callum makes a splash to win five gold medals

Going For Gold: Callum Gascoyne, thirteen, of Darley Dale, who won five gold medals at a recent competion in Stoke-on-Trent for the Derbyshire Swimming Club of Excellence.
Going For Gold: Callum Gascoyne, thirteen, of Darley Dale, who won five gold medals at a recent competion in Stoke-on-Trent for the Derbyshire Swimming Club of Excellence.

MATLOCK and District Swimming Club’s Callum Gascoyne had a day to remember at last week’s City Of Stoke Open Meet.

The 13-year-old from Darley Dale, who is a pupil at Highfields School in Matlock, has been a member of the club for five years and recently passed a significant milestone in swimming 100M freestyle in under a minute.

He followed this up in spectacular style at Stoke by winning a stunning five gold medals in freestyle, fly and medley events.

A club spokesman said: “This achievement is just reward for Callum’s dedication and commitment.

“Recently invited to join Derventio, Derbyshire’s elite swim squad, Callum now swims at Chesterfield twice a week, starting at 5.30am, to compliment his base training with the Matlock club.

“If Callum continues to improve on this trajectory a National Qualifying Time will shortly be within his grasp.”

Callum was joined at Stoke by Matlock Club and Derventio colleague Helen Thornhill, who enjoyed a number of personal bests and was unfortunate not to finish on the podium.

Over the same weekend, another Matlock swimmer, distance specialist Jorge Thompson of Wirksworth, travelled to Ponds Forge in Sheffield to compete in the Radford Level One Long Course Meet.

Jorge set five new personal best times, no mean feat for a swimmer of his experience, including reducing his 1500M freestyle time by a significant 20 seconds.

Finally, on Friday, April 13, Arc Leisure Matlock played host to a Derventio development session for younger swimmers who had come in the first three overall, by age, in the recent County Championships.

Matlock and District Swimming Club was represented by the Cross sisters, nine-year-old Helen and 13-year-old Sarah.