Cormorants swimmers making waves

Chichester Cormorants are a small swimming club '“ but are making a big impact.

Sebastian Hadnett was a star for the Cormorants
Sebastian Hadnett was a star for the Cormorants

At the recent Sussex County Championships, their squad turned in strong results – with 13-year-old Sebastian Hadnett leading the charge.

Hadnett scooped gold medals in the 50m butterfly, backstroke and freestyle events. he added silver medals in the 100m freestyle and the individual medley – a lung-busting race in which swimmers use the four strokes in turn.

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The county championships are fiercely competitive, but his overall performance was so good that he won the points prize for best 13-year-old boy at the meet.

Hadnett was not the only medal winner: in the 50m backstroke, India Rose swam a great personal-best time and took a silver medal.

Many other Cormorants swam faster than ever before; in fact, of the 51 events the club’s swimmers entered, 34 produced personal-best times.

Cormorants are based at the Westgate pool in Chichester and swimmers aged from eight to 80-something call it home. In fact the club’s oldest swimmer, Ed Askew, returned from the recent Sussex County Masters Championship wearing 12 winner’s medals – more than half the club’s total haul of 21 golds.

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