Para-swimmer from Northampton breaks world record in debut international event

Photo by David Crawford / www.stillsport.com
Photo by David Crawford / www.stillsport.com

Northampton para-swimmer Eleanor Robinson broke the World Record for the S6 classification 100M Butterfly while competing for Great Britain for the first time at the Internationale Deutsche Meisterschaften (IDM) event in Berlin.

Fresh from winning five medals at the British Para-Swimming International meeting in Glasgow a few weeks ago 13 year old Robinson took no time at all in making an impression for Team GB at the event in Berlin, where there were swimmers from 41 other nations competing.

Under the watchful eye of her coach Andy Sharp from Northampton Swimming Club, who was also part of the British team for the first time, Eleanor broke the World Record in her first final at the event in an amazing time of 1 minute 26.30 seconds!

Eleanor then followed this up on the second day of the competition by breaking her own British Record in the 50M Butterfly final. Her time of 38.58 seconds was enough to win the Silver medal and in the process beat Russian swimmer Anastasia Diodorova who was second in the same event at the 2013 World Championships.

The third day of the meeting brought Robinson yet more success as she won the Bronze medal in the 200M Butterfly with a time of 3 minutes 15.02 seconds which is the second fastest ever recorded by a swimmer in the S6 classification.

She then concluded the event on yet more high notes when making the finals of the 200M Freestyle and 200M Individual Medley in which she set personal best times in both.

The Northamptonshire Sport Disability Development Officer, Graeme Wilson said: “For someone so young who has only been swimming competitively for two and a half years to be breaking a World Record is incredible. It’s great to have someone from Northamptonshire like her representing Great Britain and hopefully her achievements will inspire other disabled people from the county to get involved in swimming.”

If you are disabled, have a sensory impairment, or know anyone who has that would like to participate in swimming then contact Andy Sharp at Northampton Swimming Club either by phone on 07891 957609, or email coach.sharp@btconnect.com