Declan has his sights on Argentina 2015

14 year old Declan Bennett, Lincoln Vulcans swimmer from Woodhall Spa, has a lot to be pleased about. Declan was declared the inaugural winner of the Laurie Webster Memorial Trophy which was introduced by Lincoln Vulcans Swimming Club to reward outstanding achievement both in and out of swimming. The trophy was named after the founder of the club who passed away in October 2012.

Declan, who had a kidney transplant as a child, has made a full recovery and is part of a very active sporting family; his father Guy runs marathons and his sisters are swimmers. Since joining Lincoln Vulcans in April 2011 he has progressed to qualification for the County Championships and is now chasing Regional Championship qualifying times. His condition meant that his growth and general development were affected and Declan has shown tremendous spirit and determination to compete successfully against physically larger peers.

All of this hard work has proved worthwhile - Declan is currently training to win a place at the 20th World Transplant Games which are due to take place in Mar del Plata in Argentina in August 2015. The Games are organised by the World Transplant Games Federation and take place every 2 years to demonstrate the physical success of transplant surgery and to raise awareness of the need to increase organ donation.

Declan recently attended a training camp in Belfast after competing at the British Transplant Games which took place in Sheffield. He won 4 Golds in the pool and 1 silver medal Declan at the Don Valley Athletic Stadium in the 100m sprint.

Declan has continued to improve his personal best times throughout the season and said, "I'm ecstatic about what I have achieved this year. Lincoln Vulcans are a brilliant club with great coaches and I have made some great friends here. I really want to make it to Argentina and feel that with Lincoln Vulcans I have the best chance to do just that".