Clitheroe swimmer claims hat-trick of gold medals

CLITHEROE swimmer Peter Jones claimed a hat-trick of gold medals and a British record at the British Masters and Senior Age Group Championships at the Tollcross Leisure Centre in Glasgow.

Wednesday, 30th June 2010, 4:28 pm
Updated Wednesday, 30th June 2010, 4:29 pm

In the 40/44yrs age group, Jones won the 200m Individual Medley, beating former Olympic swimmer Nick Gillingham, and it was gold again in the 50m Backstroke and 100m Backstroke - while his time for the 100m Backstroke broke the British record.

He almost added the 50m Butterfly to his haul of golds but, in the most exciting finish of the Championships, he came second to David Chaney, an former British record holder, who pipped him at the finish by 0.1 of a second.

In third place, 0.02 of a second behind Peter, again was Gillingham.

Jones, who is a teacher at the Clitheroe Dolphins Swimming Club, trains with them and also with the Clitheroe Masters, under the guidance of Julie Watson and Dean Sumner.

He also bases his land training at Hicks Health Club under the supervision of Chris Templeman.

Over the past 12 months, Jones has dedicated much of his spare time into training, and he manages to swim and attend the gym for at least seven sessions per week.

Obviously all the effort is now paying off, and Jones is now looking forward to competing in August at the World Masters Championships in Gothenberg, Sweden.

Jones would like to say a huge thank you to all the people who are involved in his training, and also to Johnson Matthey, where he works, who have offered him sponsorship to enable him to excel in his field.