Angus Leckonby represents Scarborough Swimming Club at the National Para-Swimming Championships
The nations para-swimmers impressed the Manchester crowds last weekend (1st &2nd December) with more than 220 of them competing at the Aquatics Centre. The long course event was organised by Activity Alliance in partnership with British Para-Swimming and included top names and international medalists Ellie Simmonds, Jessica-Jane Applegate, Ellie Robinson and Thomas Hamer.
This Championships allows new and establish para-swimmers to compete together, across the full range of classification and age groups. Scarborough’s 16yr old Angus Leckonby, who is currently on the England Talent Program, was focused and determined and he did not disappoint. With over 50 competitors in the 14/17yr Age Group , Angus finished competitively in the top ten of all his S14 events, pulling out pleasing new personal best times. With four races on the Saturday, Angus proved his commitment to training was paying off. Building on improvements in both fitness and technique, he opened the weekend with 100m Freestyle, in a new long course PB of 1.04.84. Followed by a further three races on the Saturday.
With two more races on the Sunday morning he continued to look powerful in all his events, finishing the weekend in style. Proud Dad, Matthew Leckonby, a coach at Scarborough Swimming Club, said, “Its been a cracking weekend for Gus, an awesome 4 sec PB on his 100m Fly on the Sunday morning followed by a quick swim down (just 5 minutes) and then straight into the 200 Free! What a race, he led out until 150m and then it was a great fight between him and Evan Holt right up to the finish. Not quite a PB but the best race he has had since last year at Manchester.
We also managed to see Ellie Simmonds swim for the first time today and Wow! 5min 30 for 400 Free, beautiful stroke and so composed in the water. An absolute pleasure to see.”