Checkpoint Charlie: Worksop teen on the road to Youth Olympic swimming dream in Georgia

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A Worksop swimmer has bagged another British Championship qualifying time, in his quest to reach the Youth Olympics in Georgia this year.

Last weekend’s success for Charlie Humphries, at the Derventio Excel meet at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, is the latest checkpoint on what he hopes is the road to Tbilisi.

The Bassetlaw Nova Centurion squad member took silver in the 400 freestyle to add to his qualifying times in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle and the 200 and 400

individual medley events.

Humphries, a two time former National Open Water champion, has his sights firmley set on the pool this year and he’s due to compete in the Edinburgh International meet in March, followed by the British Championships in the London Aquatics Centre.

The 15-year-old’s trip to the capital will not only bring a chance to compete at a top level, in impressive surroundings, but trials for the Youth Olympics at the end of July.

Becoming so competitive at a national level and beyond doesn’t come easily however.

Humphries trains twice daily, at Worksop and Retford Leisure Centres with the Nova Squad and his coach Cathy Pritchard.

BPL, who manage both leisure sites, have kindly provided the teenager with land training facilities in order to improve his strength and flexibility.

And his efforts have been rewarded at a local level, with an appointment to boys captain at Worksop Dolphins, for whom he will swim at the County Championships.

Proud dad John told the Guardian the youngster has a lot on his plate at school and in the water, but puts in the required effort: “Charlie swims before and after school and is dedicated to the sport.”

“He feels honoured to be appointed boys club captain at Worksop.”

“Charlie has important exams this year but he is looking forward to competing in London against the best swimmers in the country.”