Swimming Success over the Summer

It has been a fantastic summer for DIS swimmers. Mia Slevin, one of our younger swimmers, was selected for Team GB in the European Youth Olympic Festival. She had a sucessful festival making it through to four finals. Great experience and an exciting future ahead.   Esther Halford took part in the 5km open water […]

Success around the World for DIS athletes

The first stories of great things came on Day 2 of the Japan Open  in Tokyo. Three DIS swimmers were taking part in a two week tour of the Far East with British Swimming. The end of the tough training camps were marked with a 3 day event at the Tatsumi International pool in Tokyo, Japan. The second day of the open saw two medals for DIS swimmers. Imogen Clark swam a great race to win gold in the 50m breaststroke with Sarah Vasey claiming bronze in the same race. On the final day Molly Renshaw achieved silver in the 200m breaststroke.



DIS also had success at the Glasgow International Badminton Championships. Lucy Atkins and Abi Hong proved a strong doubles team; coming away from the Championships with a Bronze medal in the U13 age group. It is great to see them having success in doubles as well as individually this season.

The Loughborough International Athletics meet on Sunday proved to be a great opportunity for DIS athletes to shine. Niamh Emerson was the first DIS athlete to compete, taking part in the high jump as part of the British Athletics Junior team. Niamh was using this opportunity as her season opener for high jump and wanted to get back her competitive mindset after a winter focusing on her training rather than competing.  Niamh cleared 1.83m to come third, 6cm short of her personal best but a great result for her.

Alex Knibbs, who made his GB debut in the European Youth Championships last season, was picked to compete in the 4 x 400m relay squad for GB juniors. Alex also featured as a guest in the 400mH where he ran a tremendous race knocking a second off his personal best! Jess Turner continued the winning ways of DIS hurdlers by winner her 400mH race wearing a Loughborough vest and maintaining her championship title. Our talented sprint hurdler, Alicia Barrett, also wearing a GB juniors vest, came 2nd with a great time of 13.18 in the 100mH. Whilst, Emily Coope, the youngest of our athletes on the day, came second in her 100m guest race clocking 12.18. This was Emily’s first time at Loughborough International and great preparation for July when she will compete again in the 100m at the British Championships.


Further South in London Ben Connor was flying the DIS flag at Highgate Harriers Night of 10,000m. Ben had a great race achieving a new personal best of 28.46.45. This 10,000m race incorporates the British Championships, so Ben also took home the bronze medal.

Ben Connor

What a talented bunch of athletes we have! Congratulations to all the team at home and abroad.

Derbyshire Institute of Sport

DIS swimmers claim hat-trick of successes at Swimming Championships

Derbyshire Institute of Sport (DIS) swimmers notched a hat-trick of successes at the British Swimming National Summer Championships in Sheffield last night (July 26).

Programme ambassador Abbie Wood (pictured right), now swimming for Loughborough University, was victorious in the 400m individual medley 17-18 years.

And current DIS Gold Programme athletes Imogen Clark and Sarah Vasey (pictured below) both won the 50m breaststroke sprints in their respective age categories – 17 to 18 years and 19-plus respectively.

Buxton swimmer Wood, 17, who was European Games gold medallist last year over her favourite 400m IM discipline was only third fastest after the heats, behind Maidenhead’s Constance Dean and Mova Centurion’s Rosie Rudin.

But coming off the back of a European Junior Championships bronze medal secured in Hungary earlier this month, the former Buxton Community School student won by more than two seconds in 4.42.20.

It was a time that would have been good enough to win the older 19+ category and was only 0.23 seconds outside her personal best of 4.41.97.

“I was really happy with my swim and I wasn’t expecting to go that fast at all,” said Abbie afterwards.

“I was going into it third and I didn’t know how people would develop from the heats to the final, but I was just happy to go close to my PB.

“I wasn’t taking it steady in the morning heat, but I think I was day-dreaming a bit and not concentrating. But it was good because that made me get my head into it a bit more than if I’d qualified first.

“It’s been a good experience for me because I swam the race differently. I went out a lot slower at first and quicker on my middle 200m, so I know if I can get all my best bits together in one race I will PB, which gives me confidence for next season.”

Morton’s Imogen, the British record holder over the short course 50m breaststroke at 30.02, had no problems making it through her heat as a winner and was equally comfortable in her final.

In it, the Derventio eXcel swimmer was just a tenth of a second down on her long course personal best, touching in 31.23, more than half a second clear of her nearest rival.

Imogen, who has focussed much of her training this season on the longer Olympic distance of 100m, said: “I think it was a good performance.

There’s been a lot of change this year with the squads and the coaches, so I’m happy with that.

“For me it’s more about the longer term processes towards 2018 and 2020 and keeping fired up. I think my body is changing a lot and I’m getting a lot stronger.

“It’s pleasing to win after being a bit disappointed at the Olympic trials, but I don’t really hold that in my mind… when’s it’s done, it’s done – you can’t go back and change anything.

“Things like that just make you stronger and more determined to go even harder in training.”

Allestree’s Sarah, 19, ranked number one in the UK over the 50m distance in breaststroke, was also well ahead of her nearest rivals in heats and the final.

The City of Derby swimmer clocked 31.27 in the morning and improved that to 30.84 in the evening final, just under half a second clear of second place, but just outside her season’s best 30.62, set in the ASA East Midland Region Swimming Championships.