Bognor swimmers are masters of own destiny

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Five members of Bognor Swimming Club achieved success at the Sussex masters and senior age-group swimming championships.

The event, held in Horsham, involved 25 teams, primarily from Sussex but including some as far afield as Warrington and Milton Keyes.

Because of injuries and absences, Bognor were unable to enter the mixed relay races - but despite this, there were a number of superb individual efforts and successes.

Clare Willison, competing in the 55-59 age category, won all six races she entered. A true all-rounder, she won at least one race in each of the four disciplines - freestyle (front crawl), backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.

She also won the 100m individual medley, where all four disciplines are swum, one length of the pool for each stroke.

Willison was ably supported by the rest of the team.

Nicki Rowe, swimming in the 40-44 category, was placed in the top three in no fewer than seven events. She ensured a top podium spot in both the 25m freestyle and the 25m butterfly races.

Afterwards, tired but delighted, she said: “What an amazing day! It was a tough competition. I had to swim new personal best times in order to achieve gold in the freestyle and butterfly.”

Sue Eason, in the 50-54 women’s category, also achieved two top spots, in the 50m backstroke and 25m breaststroke.

She complemented with a second and two third places.

Finally in the Strowger household, the medal cabinet will have to be expanded following young Archie’s recent successes.

Donna Strowger, in the 40-44 age group, won a commendable five medals, all second places. Meanwhile her husband Trevor, in the men’s 40-44 category, was third in the 50m butterfly.

All in all it was a fantastic effort from the competitors and will no doubt provide inspiration to the younger members of the team.