Carrbrook swimmer sets sights on national events

CARRBROOK swimmer Oliver Taylor is looking to make a further splash in 2019.

Oliver with his medals

The 15-year-old has important events on the horizon as he looks for qualify times for the National Swimming Championships.

Oliver, who is in year 10 at Mossley Hollins High School, will be competing at the City of Sunderland National Qualifier, Manchester Open and in the North West regionals.

The former Buckton Vale Primary pupil enjoyed success at last year’s English nationals when he finished in the top 10 for the 200, and 400m freestyle and 200 individual medley.

Oliver, who swims for City of Manchester Aquatics, where he holds the club record for 14-years short course 200m backstroke and 400m freestyle, competed in four events in the 14-years age category at the English nationals and a further three at the British nationals.

And more recently Oliver swam in the 1,500m freestyle and 400m individual medley at the Winter Nationals in Sheffield in the 17 years and under category, though he qualified as a 14-year-old.

His latest events were the Lancashire County Championships that were held over three weekends and during which he won medals at each of the galas.

Oliver in action

In the last one, Oliver won bronze in 50m freestyle , silver in 200m freestyle for both the age group and junior championship and finally in the 800m freestyle he won gold for both age group and junior championship and bronze overall for the senior championship, a nice finish to the competition.

Oliver also attended a national development camp over three Sundays for some of the North West’s most promising young swimmers.

The recent successes are reward for the hard work Oliver has put in – he trains Monday to Friday at Manchester Aquatics Centre after schools, before school on Tuesday and Thursday and also on Saturday morning.

“Oliver in a good place at the moment. We will have to see where it takes him. The main thing is he enjoys it,” explained mum Lindsay.

Oliver, who started at Stalybridge Swimming Club aged seven, is also a successful runner and was highly placed Tameside Schools’ Cross Country Championships.

And Oliver’s brothers Jacob, 18, and Joe, 10, are also good runners, competing for East Cheshire Harriers.

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