Dolphins duo make history as they capture British swim title

Worksop Dolphin head coach Andy Thompson and 14-year-old swimmer Joe Seage
Worksop Dolphin head coach Andy Thompson and 14-year-old swimmer Joe Seage
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Worksop Dolphins head coach Andy Thompson and swimmer Joe Seage made history in May, becoming the club’s first ever double British Champions.

The local duo competed at the British Disability Swimming Championships, held at the Cardiff International Pool.

Stiff competition included Paralympic star Jack Thomas who was involved in the London 2012 games.

Fourteen-year-old Seage competed in the freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke sprints and was targeting making the senior finals.

But he exceeded his targets and went on to produce some more personal best performances to secure gold medals in all his events.

Thompson, who is both head coach at Worksop Dolphin’s swim club and Bassetlaw NOVA Centurion County B squad was delighted with the success.

He said: “Joe has worked really hard in training this year improving his strength and skills, winning these medals , rounds of a great season.”

The pair have been working together now for a full season, and train together for club and county.

Swim star Seage said: “Andy is a great coach and we have had an awesome year making all our targets so I would really like to dedicate the success at the British Championships to Andy and my coaches at One Athlete, Tim Stephenson my strength and conditioning coach and Gemma Telford my physio.”

A proud dad, Mark Seage added: “This year has been amazing for both Joe and Andy.”

“They have consistently improved throughout the season and to make history with their success at the British Championships is something very special.”