Regional Youths

Regional Youths

4, 5 and 6 May 2013
Truro swimmer Charlie Haynes excels at Regional Championships

Truro City Swimming Club’s talented male vice-captain Charlie Haynes had a superb weekend competingthis weekend at the ASA Southwest Regional Youth Swimming Championships held at Millfield in Somerset. After a highly successful Cornwall County Championships back in March this year where Charlie was crowned Junior Champion in five events, he took on the best of the Southwest at the next level in this year’s regional youth championships. 

The event held over the bank holiday weekend matched the best swimmers from across the South and West of England for a chance of glory against each other in the 50m long course swimming pool and for Charlie it was a chance to test his form aganist some class swimmers. The depth of talent on show was indicated by the presence of 16 year old olympic sensationRuta Meilutyte from Lithuania, who having taken a gold medal at last years London Olympics dominated the girls at these championships.

Entered in three events in the male 15 and under age group category , Day 1 saw Charlie achieve a new personal best time during the heats to storm into the final of the 100 metre freestyle. Later that day a confident and competent heat resulted in Charlie also qualifying for the 50 metre Butterfly final.

As the finals arrived that evening it was a reveved up performance in the first, the 100m Freestyle, in this event Charlie raced hard to finish a very respectable 6th place overall in another new personal best time of 56.54 seconds. Bulding in confiidence from the result of the first final, Chalrlie lined up on the blocks for the 50m Butterfly. Reacting well to the start Charlie powered down the 50m lane, to touch the wall first and become regional champion in a time of 27.14 seconds. 

Day 2 saw Charlie continue his excellent form by cruising into the 50 metre freestyle final where a close finish in the final saw him miss out on the medals for a 4th place finish, but knowing he had raced hard to achieve a new personal best time of 25.42, but unfortunately just missing out on a national qualifying time.

Everyone at the club is extremely proud of his achievements this year, Head Coach Emily Dart said 
‘Charlie has worked extra hard this season and deserves the rewards from his dedication and commitment he has shown. A wonderful character he is held in high regard by his fellow swimmers, coaches and management and is a vital part of team Truro and its club spirit and ethos”.

A student at Redruth School, Charlie; alongside many of his fellow Truro City Junior and Senior Squads members is also part of the successful Portreath Surf Lifesaving Club.