A STUNNING performance by a young Kendal swimmer saw him triumph in all five events at last weekend’s Scottish National Championships.

Elliot Woodburn, 13, not only came home with five gold medals, but also claimed personal bests in all five events and his swims in the three breaststroke events were all new Cumbrian records.

“We are extremely proud of Elliot and his achievements,” said his mother Jenny.

“The commentators at the competition commented on his excellent under water skills at the starts and turns in both breast and back.

“They also said that he’s taken the championships by storm and has made a big impact.”

After sailing through the heats, Elliot bagged his first medal on the evening of day one when he won the 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:03:17, then a fantastic swim against tough competition in the 200m breaststroke to win in a time of 2:32:96, more than 1.5 seconds in front of the second place finisher.

And he marked day two in blistering style by winning the 50m breaststroke in 31:16, a record shattering effort.

On day three, Elliot was first home in the 200m backstroke final in a time of 2:18: 54 with a winning margin of 3.75 seconds, and he finished a memorable weekend on yet another high by using all his skill, drive and determination to pull away and finish in a brilliant time of 1:08:77.

It was also a successful weekend for five other Kendal swimmers who travelled to a competition in Darwen, Lancashire.

Sophie Roberts, 12, bagged the gold medal in the 50m butterfly, producing a perfectly timed finish to clock a winning time of 32.68, before earning a very creditable seventh place in the 100m freestyle.

Rosemary Swallow, now becoming one of the club’s top swimmers, also gave an outstanding display in the individual medley, her time of 2:33.81 earning a silver medal.

She then got in the mix in the 100m backstroke, her time of 1:11.26 earning the bronze medal, whilst in the 100m butterfly she gave a repeat performance to take another bronze.

Rosemary also put in a superb performances in the 50m butterfly with a 32.62 swim and clocked 30.03 in the 50m freestyle, before an outstanding 100m freestyle in 1:02.73 ensured a highly successful meet.

Particularly outstanding was the performance of 13-year-old Natalie Pinder who put in a brilliant performance in the 400m freestyle to earn bronze medal in a PB time of 5:18.28.

And Lucy Sargeant completed a fine set of performances by club members, clocking 33.05 in the 50m butterfly to take fourth spot.