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Bishop's Stortford Swimming Club member and Herts & Essex High School teacher Lizzie Bellinger wins five medals in Swim England Masters National Championships


By Michael Vaughton


Lizzie Bellinger led the way with a fabulous five medals as Bishop's Stortford Swimming Club members excelled in the Swim England Masters National Championships.

Barry Chandler and Sally Winter also scooped three and two medals respectively as the Stortford trio competed alongside more than 1,000 competitors in Sheffield.

Ashley Meerloo and Helen Shingler also qualified, but unfortunately were unable to attend the meet.

Bishop's Stortford Swimming Club. From left, Barry Chandler, Lizzie Bellinger and Sally Winter (20827595)
Bishop's Stortford Swimming Club. From left, Barry Chandler, Lizzie Bellinger and Sally Winter (20827595)

Bellinger, who has competed in the 50m and 100m butterfly in the short course national masters every year since 2009 and won a medal on each occasion, stormed to gold in the 100m butterfly (40-44 age group) in 1min 05.7sec, which was just 0.4sec off her own British record.

The Herts and Essex High School PE teacher took bronze in the 400m IM and gold in the 50m butterfly with East Region records along with silver in the 200m IM before rounding things off with gold in the 200m fly.

Winter began with a silver medal in the 200m freestyle (55-59 age group) with a massive season's best of 2.24.2. She is a previous European record holder in the event.

She added another silver to her collection in the 100m freestyle, with her time of 1.06.75 just half a second off the 60-64 European record which she will be targeting from January. She was also eighth in the 50m freestyle.

Former British butterfly record holder Chandler kicked off with fifth in the 200m freestyle (60-64 age group) before claiming silver in the 100m freestyle and bronze in the 50m fly.

He was not far off gold in both of those medal-winning performances and did take the ultimate prize in the 50m freestyle by nearly a second.


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