Will caps great year for Murray family

Will Murray who has gained success at a home international event with a personal best swimming time
Will Murray who has gained success at a home international event with a personal best swimming time

THE MURRAY family’s year just gets better and better.

After Samantha won bronze at the Modern Pentathlon World Championships in Rome, and silver at London 2012, younger brother Will has also had a 2012 to remember, capped by victory for England at the WISE International - for Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England - in Sunderland at the weekend.

With many stars of the future on show, Will stormed to victory in the boys’ 100m Freestyle in a new personal best time of 54.47secs.

He also helped the boys’ Medley and Freestyle relay teams to victory.

England went on to win the fixture and fingers crossed Will should now be selected to represent Great Britain schools in Brazil in 2013!

In June, the 14-year-old Clitheroe Dolphins and Burnley Bobcats swimmer became regional champion in Manchester for a second successive year, setting a then-PB of 55.76 in the 100m Freestyle, while also winning bronze in the 200m Freestyle, and recording three national qualifying times in the 100m and 200m Freestyle and 100m butterfly.

Then in July, at the English Schools’ Swimming Championships in Liverpool, the Bowland High School pupil swept the board, setting four English Schools’ records and winning four gold medals in the 100m and 200m Freestyle, 4x100m Freestyle relay and 4x100m IM relay.

Younger brother Oliver was also in action at the weekend , along with fellow Dolphins swimmer Hannah Procter in the British Modern Triathlon championships in Solihull.

The event combines swimming with shooting and running - three of the disciplines in the Modern Pentathlon.

Both performed well, with Oliver finishing in 12th place in the Youth C Boys category, and Hannah - inspired to take up the sport by a visit from former Dolphin Samantha - in 16th place in the Youth D Girls.