WATCH: Alnwick lad secures double gold at European comp

A north Northumberland lad has swum away with four medals at a European swimming competition.

Christopher McDonnell competed in the European Down’s Syndrome Open Swimming Competition last weekend.

Talented swimmer Christopher McDonnell.'Picture Jane Coltman

Talented swimmer Christopher McDonnell.'Picture Jane Coltman

The 23-year-old, from Longhoughton, managed to improve his personal best times in six of his seven races.

He won two gold medals, as well as a silver and a bronze in the process.

As a result of his performance, he was also asked to swim in the relay representing the England third team, coming fifth in the final.

Chris’s mum Karen said she was surprised that he doesn’t get phased by taking part in such big competitions.

Talented swimmer Christopher McDonnell.'Picture Jane Coltman

Talented swimmer Christopher McDonnell.'Picture Jane Coltman

“He’s never nervous actually, I never understand how he does it, he just takes it in his stride.”

Chris was competing against swimmers from Sweden, Russia and Germany.

“It was such a lovely friendly competition,” Karen added.

“He was lucky that the lead team looked after him and he had the opportunity to meet a few other young people.”

She thanked his coaches at Alnwick Dolphins, as well as John Lester and Dave Davison for their support.