Christopher strikes silver

Christopher McDonnell and his younger brother Andrew at the MENCAP Swim Gala.
Christopher McDonnell and his younger brother Andrew at the MENCAP Swim Gala.
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A LONGHOUGHTON swimmer has won a silver and two bronze medals at a national competition.

Christopher McDonnell, 20, who has Down’s Syndrome, represented Alnwick Dolphins at the Mencap National Learning Disability Swimming Gala in Sheffield on Saturday.

Christopher, who has only entered two competitions through the Dolphins prior to competing in the gala, entered four events and managed placings in three of them.

He won a silver medal for the 100m breaststroke in a close-run final length, and two bronze medals for the 50m breaststroke and freestyle.

The latter was a particularly good result as he was trailing at the back of the eight swimmers towards the end of the first length but as a result of an excellent tumble turn and a consistent stroke he managed to pull himself into a comfortable third place.

He also managed to improve two of his personal best times by five seconds.

Christopher was presented with one of his medals by the Mayor of Sheffield.

He thanked the Dolphins for their support and, in particular, his two swimming coaches Dave Davison and John Lester.

His younger brother Andrew, also a former Dolphin, went to the gala as his poolside coach.