9 December 2008

13-year-old Matthew John­son has been pre­sent­ed with the Junior Boy title at the York­shire Sports Awards to top off yet anoth­er tri­umphant year. 

Matt is the most suc­cess­ful age group swim­mer in British his­to­ry. Fol­low­ing on from a record nine gold medals at the British Age Group Cham­pi­onships in 2007 and 8 in 2006, he sur­passed him­self again just when it was sup­posed to get even hard­er – win­ning a record ten out of ten indi­vid­ual golds and tak­ing his tal­ly to 26 nation­al titles with­in three years. 

Dur­ing 2008’s gru­elling four-day event in Sheffield in July he broke a fur­ther sev­en British age group records – adding to the five he broke ear­li­er in the year: this totalling twelve British records in five months, which is in itself a record, with his first being gained at 12 years old. 

Matt won both the senior (open age) and junior York­shire titles for the 400m indi­vid­ual med­ley. In the York­shire Age Group Cham­pi­onships, Matt remains unbeat­en with a 100% record for the third year run­ning, win­ning all avail­able titles in both long and short course competitions. 

BBC York­shire Sports Awards 2008 [BBC Look North]