British swim squad strikes gold in Durban
RRSC swimmer Louise Watkin competes in IPC World Championships in Durban, South Africa, 3 - 7 December 2006
Britain's disability swimming team celebrated day three of the IPC World Championships in Durban with seven gold medals and an impressive four world records. European records tumbled in the 34-point Medley relays as both Britain's teams took silver. The boys brigade of David Hill (Kelly College), Callum Lawson (Nova Centurion), James Crisp (City of Sheffield) and David Roberts (Swim Swansea) romped home behind world record-breaking Australians for silver in 4:28.26and the women's troupe of Kate Grey (Thornbury), Claire Cashmore (Kelly College), Rachael Latham (Horwich Leisure Centre) and Louise Watkin (Kelly College and valued member of Redhill & Reigate Swimming Club) bagged silver in 5:14.56.
Earlier tonight youngster Watkin took on disability swimming legend Natalie Du Toit in the final of the S9 100m Freestyle. Watkin lowered the British Record for the second time in one day to finish a very credible fourth in 1:07.55.
"I lost it on the finish", she said. "I was so close to the wall but I tried to take another stroke. But to break the British record twice in one day is just amazing. I've PB'd in all my races here so far and I hope that continues for the rest of the meet."
"This is an absolutely amazing achievement," said Redhill & Reigate Swimming Club Chairman Nick Mabbutt. "We look forward to seeing her in Beijing!"