Surrey Mirror 26th Aug 2010

Written by RRSC. Posted in Press releases

UNLUCKY for some, 13 has been a lucky number for William Robinson this year. The 15-year-old from Salfords was 13th in the national cross-country championships, representing Reigate Priory, earlier this year in Leeds.
Then in early August it was one of his key numbers when the Redhill & Reigate Swimming Club member took part in the ASA national youth championships at Ponds Forge. Podium positions in the Surrey & South East Regional Swimming Championships over 100m and 200m backstroke earlier in the year also earned him time qualifying times.
Training in pools at Donyngs (Redhill), Horley Anderson and Caterham had been progressing well until he started to feel a pain in his lower back 10 days prior to the event. Justin Smith, a talented physiotherapist from the Ealing Rugby Club, worked wonders and had the injury rectified with one day to spare.
In the first event, the 100m 15/16 year backstroke heats, Robinson set a personal best of 1 minute 01:46 seconds. This placed him in the top 20 for the semi-final later that day, when he improved his PB to 1:01.25.
Although his 13th position was not quite good enough to place him in the top 10 for the final, he was the third highest ranked 15 year-old in the race.
Two days later were the heats of the 200m 15/16 year backstroke. Robinson swam a fast first 100 meters, in just over 1:03.27, and this made the final 50m very painful.
He set a PB of 2:12.73, qualifying him for the semi-final later that day. The prospect of a second race seemed daunting. This time the first 100 meters was a little slower but this allowed Robinson to finish stronger with a new PB of 2:12.59. Surprisingly, this again put him in 13th position and first reserve for the final, as two Belgians and two Canadians were placed ahead, but only two non-UK nationals are allowed in any final.
In the semi-final, William finished second UK 15-year-old which bodes well for the same race next year, if training progresses as planned. 

Robinson's coach, Dale Simpson, went to Sheffield and was delighted with how the season culminated.

Surrey Mirror 20th Dec 2009

Written by RRSC. Posted in Press releases

Watkin passes triple test

IT was a triple medal success for Redhill & Reigate Swimming Club's Louise Watkin as she collected gold, silver and bronze medals at the International Paralympic Committee Swimming World Championships.

"It was a really different meet to what I've been to before," said Watkin, who was born with a lower left arm disability.

"It was interesting because the competition was really fast, which meant I could test myself. It is the World Championships, so they are going to be fast, maybe faster than I was expecting, but it was a good meet."

The 17-year-old set a world record at the tournament in Rio as part of the women's 4x100 metre freestyle 34 point relay, touching home in four minutes and 26.20 seconds to win gold.

Watkin, a regular member of the British Disability Swimming Team, also set a new British record of 28.86 for her silver medal in the women's 50m freestyle.

With British team-mate Stephanie Milward finishing first, Watkin was unlucky not to secure a British one-two in Brazil, finishing third in 1:02.50, and six-hundredths of a second behind Spain's Saral Gascon.

Merstham-based Watkin has the next competition already in her vision as she trains twice a day, six days a week.

Next up is the next World Championships, which will be held in Eindhoven in August to September next year.

She finished fourth in the last World Championships and is hoping for a podium this time.


Surrey Mirror March 2008

Written by RRSC. Posted in Press releases

This article appeared in the Surrey Mirror in March 2008 following RRSC's success in the Surrey County Championships.