23rd Jun, 2018

Droitwich swimmer Richards claims two golds at School Games National Finals

A TALENTED Droitwich Spa swimmer has brought home two gold medals at a national competition.

Matthew Richards came first in the boys 100m butterfly and 4x200m boys relay at the School Games National Finals at Loughborough University which ran from last Thursday to Sunday.

The 14-year-old, of Royal School Wolverhampton, was part of the England Central squad and finished the butterfly with an impressive time of 57.73 seconds.

Matthew said: “Getting to know all the other athletes at the School Games has been great and I’ve really enjoyed meeting other teams and competitors.

“The relay was a really good race, we pulled together as a team and I’m really happy with the win.”

The School Games are an integrated multi-sport event for the UK’s most talented school-age athletes, with around 1,600 athletes competing across 12 sports, seven of which included disability disciplines.

Previous competitors include Paralympic champions Hannah Cockroft, Ellie Simmonds and Jonnie Peacock, Olympic champion Adam Peaty, and GB sprinters Adam Gemili and Dina Asher-Smith.

The School Games are the springboard for future athletes with 56 of the 382 athletes representing Team GB at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio having competed at the School Games.

The four-day event was supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust.

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