DSE National Juniors 2009

By Rhys Roberts - March 9 2009
DSE National Juniors 2009 Three Dragons DSC swimmers represented Wales this past weekend at the DSE Natinal Junior Short Course Championships 2009, held at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

DSE National Junior Swimming Championships 2009

Three Dragons DSC swimmers represented Wales this past weekend at the DSE Natinal Junior Short Course Championships 2009, held at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

The three Dragons were Bethan, Jonathan and Nathan Eke who competed at the top level amongst some of the best junior disabled swimmers in Britain and Ireland. In what proved to be a busy weekend for the Eke household, father and Dragons DSC assistant Head Coach Ian participated in classification training and took on a role as one of the coaching staff on the Welsh squad, while son Matthew was roped in to help out as a volunteer on poolside. 

The event also had competitors from Hungary, Greece and South Korea, for whom a TV crew was dispatched to cover the event from every angle! Some of the more well known swimmers on show during the weekend were double Paralympic Gold Medalist Ellie Simmonds MBE and promising up and coming swimmer Sam Hynd. The Welsh squad were visited on Saturday by British Swimming coach and head of the Swansea High Performance Centre Squad, Billy Pye MBE. British Performance Director Tim Reddish OBE and Team GB Head Coach Lars Humer were also in attendance. Amongst the VIP guests to visit the event was regular DSE supporter and top football referee Uriah Rennie

The event was held over the weekend of March 7th & 8th at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

The results for the Dragons DSC swimmers were as follows:

Bethan Eke
50m Butterfly 51.13 2 of 2
50m Breaststroke 1:03.06 2 of 2
100m Freestyle 1:39.96 1 of 1
50m Backstroke 55.15 1 of 1
100m Ind. Medley 1:56.65 2 of 2
50m Freestyle 42.94 1 of 1
Jonathan Eke
50m Breaststroke 55.30 6 of 10
100m Freestyle 1:16.57 3 of 10
400m Freestyle 5:42.39 2 of 3
50m Backstroke 46.44 4 of 7
100m Backstroke 1:40.17 6 of 7
50m Freestyle 36.19 4 of 10
Nathan Eke
50m Breaststroke 50.86 2 of 2
100m Freestyle 1:12.57 1 of 2
50m Backstroke 39.06 1 of 1
100m Ind. Medley DQ
100m Breaststroke 1:54.20 1 of 1
100m Backstroke 1:23.36 1 of 2
50m Freestyle 33.47 1 of 2

Out of the 19 swims, one was a DQ and the other 18 were all PB's!!!

The swimmer profile pages have been updated with the new PB's.