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Samur secures double gold for Haringey Aquatics at Middlesex Age Group Championships

PUBLISHED: 09:00 11 February 2016

Left to right: Gareth Davies, Max Hanson, Joe Northover, head coach Paul Doyle, Renat Samur, Alex Vonckx, Max Green

Left to right: Gareth Davies, Max Hanson, Joe Northover, head coach Paul Doyle, Renat Samur, Alex Vonckx, Max Green

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Haringey Aquatics teenager Renat Samur recorded a double as the club collected a total of five gold medals at the ASA Middlesex Age Group Championships.

Samur snatched victories in both the 100m and 50m boys’ 14 years breaststroke, while Alex Vonckx matched that achievement in the 50m backstroke event for the same age group.

Joe Northover won the men’s 17-and-over 50 backstroke, with Crouch End youngster Max Green battling hard to win a closely-contested boys’ 12 years 50m breaststroke final.

There were strong podium finishes for several other Haringey swimmers, with 17-year-old Sushila Ghose-Coveney taking silver medals in both the 100m and 200m backstroke.

Vonckx claimed three second-place finishes in the 50m breaststroke, 200m backstroke and 100m individual medley, while Green added silver in the 100m breaststroke, as did Jude Liddiard in the 15 years 100m backstroke.

Max Hanson picked up a bronze medal in the boys’ 13 years 50m breaststroke, and 11-year-old Gareth Davies was the youngest Haringey representative to make the podium after taking third place in the 200m butterfly.

Haringey Aquatics coach Paul Doyle said: “While this event is held early in the season, the tournament always helps to build solid platforms as Haringey swimmers progress to regional and national championships.

“We look to have more swimmers than ever before competing at those events in 2016 and beyond!”

Meanwhile, the club won eight medals at their own inaugural open dive meet, which was held at Park Road Pools and Fitness in Crouch End and featured seven teams and 176 divers – 31 of them from Haringey – in all age groups.

There were gold medals for Thomas Clayton (Group 4 boys 8-11), Taro Kaneko (Group 3 boys 12-16), Samuel Carson (age group boys) and Rick Dear (Masters men’s open).

Shameiah Nanton (Group 4 girls Under-sevens), Edan Everest (Group 4 boys 8-11) and Louis Wilson (Group 3 boys 12-16) all won silver medals, with Ginny Czori (Group 3 girls 12-16) taking a bronze.

Club manager Richard Lerman said: “I am so proud of our divers, and all they managed to accomplish against some very tough competition.

“All of our divers began just six months ago, and watching them deliver such fantastic performances was truly inspirational.”

For more information about Haringey Aquatics, visit www.haringeyaquatics.org.uk.

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