World champion title for Tockwith swimming star

hsb  Swimmer William Lake.  (121203M5)
hsb Swimmer William Lake. (121203M5)

Tockwith swimmer William Lake won two gold medals at an international swimming championships.

William, 15, took gold in the 25m Butterfly and 50m Backstroke events at the Down’s Syndrome International Swimming organisation Swimming Championships in Loano, Italy.

The Butterfly result means William now ranks fourth in the world and is Junior World Champion.

He also took bronze in the 25m Freestyle, a World Bronze Medal in the 4x25m Medley Relay and recorded a personal best in the 50m Freestyle.

King James pupil William said: “I knew I was the youngest athlete competing for Team GB, and I was also the youngest of the competition.

“There were a total of 192 athletes from 23 countries.

“I had to exceed qualifying times during the year to enable me to participate.”

William trains in Harrogate, and has represented the town, Yorkshire and the North East.

Meantime, Rio 2016 Paralympic hopeful Danielle Bailey won three gold medals in individual events last week.

Danielle, along with Harrogate swimmers Chris Penny, Tracey Barrett and Lottie McGuinness, made up the North East team competing at the National open Short Course Disability Swimming Championships in Sheffield.

The event saw ParalympicsGB athletes compete for the first time since the summer Games.

Danielle was also part of a team attempting a British Record in a 20 point 200m Medley.

The time of 4:46.69 is a record but is still to be verified.

Danielle was thrilled with the achievement and said: “I’m just glad we got the time.”