Vulcan swimmers on LEAP programme

Five of Lincoln Vulcans top swimmers were recognised at the recent Lincolnshire Sports Partnership LEAP presentation evening. The swimmers were presented with awards to recognise their consistent performance in swimming at National level – the largest number of athletes from a any single club.

Veteran LEAP athlete Oliver Bitowt (16) enters his 5th year on the programme having consistently represented Lincoln Vulcans each year at National level since the age of 11. Ollie has been with the programme since its first year in 2008.

Abigail Burr enters her 3rd year on the programme having achieved a place in the National final of the 200m freestyle last July in Sheffield at the National Age Group Championships.

Lauren Freeman (17) enters her 2nd year on the programme having represented Lincoln Vulcans at the Nationals in the 800m distance event and re-qualified for 2012.

Brother and sister Brad (16) and Maya (15) Westlake took well-earned places on the programme for the first time having recently re-located to Lincolnshire and achieved spectacular success under Fred Furniss’s Performance programme since joining in 2010, both having achieved National and British qualifying times in 2011.

Brad has travelled to London this week to represent the club in the 200m backstroke in the Olympic Trials while freestyle sister Maya has already qualified for the Nationals in 2012.

Lincoln Vulcans Head Coach Fred Furniss commented "I am proud of the hard work and commitment my swimmers display and I am particularly pleased to see so many of them receiving recognition for their achievements over the last year".

Rachel Belcher from Lincolnshire Sports Partnership added “We are delighted to welcome some old members of LEAP and a substantial amount of new athletes to the LEAP Programme. We look forward to seeing how they progress over the next 12 months."

LEAP hopes to give athletes across the county access to funding and support at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, so we really hope that all 61 athletes from across Lincolnshire will all benefit from this.”