Swimmers bag national bronze

Bexhill College students (from left) Jodie Shoesmith, Jade Pithers, Ellie Williams and Ella Watson at the National Swimming Championships
Bexhill College students (from left) Jodie Shoesmith, Jade Pithers, Ellie Williams and Ella Watson at the National Swimming Championships

Bexhill College won a bronze medal in a prestigious national swimming competition involving top private schools.

The team of Ellie Williams, Ella Watson, Jodie Shoesmith and Jade Pithers put in the performance of their lives to come third in the medley event at the national finals of the English Schools’ Swimming Association Team Relays.

The Bexhill College quartet also put in an outstanding effort to finish fourth in the freestyle event at the Crystal Palace National Sports Park.

The team, which qualified through the regional event at Horsham in mid-October, was up against some very tough competition from mainly private schools such as Plymouth, Millfield and Kelly College, all of which have their own top training facilities. One of them included a student who holds the world record in the 100m breaststroke.

Jemima Hilton-Berry, sports academy co-ordinator at Bexhill College, said: “We were one of the only state schools at the Nationals, making this achievement all the more impressive. This is the highest a team from the South East region has ever been placed at the Nationals, and is testament to the hard work and dedication these students have put in at training.”

See tomorrow’s Bexhill Observer for the full article.