Clitheroe swimmer Will strikes gold

GOLD: Will Murray
GOLD: Will Murray

CLITHEROE Dolphins swimmer Will Murray stormed to 100m freestyle victory to become regional champion in Manchester for a second successive year.

The 14-year-old, younger brother of Samantha, who will represent Team GB in the modern pentathlon at the Olympic Games, recorded a new personal best of 55.76 to touch home first.

He also claimed a bronze medal in the 200m freestyle – his best result in this event.

To add to the medals, Will recorded three national qualifying times (100m, 200m free and 100m butterfly) in a North West region which provides some of the toughest competition in the country.

Will (pictured) has also been chosen to represent North West Schools in the national competition, on the back of his 100m freestyle win.

He also represented Lancashire as the county won the National Inter-County team event.

Coach Dean Sumner said: “Will has gone from a swimmer at Clitheroe Dolphins to a regional champion two years in a row. I remember Will and I were sat at the County Championships in 2010 watching the winning Lancashire team receiving their medals. He turned to me and said ‘Do you think I could make that team some day?’

“My reply was that he could, but it takes a lot of dedication and hard work

“Since that day, Will put in the hard work and became dedicated, always asking how to improve his technique, and wanting to train and work to the best of his ability.

“Last year he won the 100m freestyle for the region, and then the same this year.

“But one of the main achievements is making that Lancashire team at the county championships.

“With all our younger swimmers looking up to him, he collected a medal for being part of that team that beat all other regions.

“It was good to see that all the hard work and dedication was paying off.”

Will now moves on to the National Championships being staged at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, in July.