28 July 2008

Out­stand­ing per­for­mances from Matthew John­son and Danielle Hall-Jack­son, helped the City of Leeds on their way to the Top Club award at the ASA Nation­al Age Group Championships. 

John­son con­clud­ed his 2008 ASA Nation­al Age Group cam­paign with 10 indi­vid­ual gold medals and 3 bronze medals from the team relays. Mean­while, Hall-Jack­son picked up 4 golds (400m/​800m/​1500m freestyle and 4 x 200m freestyle relay), 1 sil­ver (200m freestyle) and 1 bronze medal (4100m freestyle relay). 

Dom­i­nat­ing the boys 13 years age group, Matthew John­son com­plet­ed his ASA Nation­al Age Group Cham­pi­onships in 2008 with easy wins in the 200m breast­stroke (2:30.63) and 400m freestyle where he set a new British age group record of 4:09.59 smash­ing the record by over three sec­onds. He fin­ished the day by con­tribut­ing to the team per­for­mance in the boy’s 4 x 200m freestyle relay where the City of Leeds team came third. 

Sum­maris­ing Matthew Johnson’s per­for­mances, Richard Deni­gan, head age group coach at the City of Leeds, said, Matthew’s tar­get was to win ten indi­vid­ual gold medals at these Cham­pi­onships. Some of his events have been close with Matthew being pushed by his com­peti­tors, but we expect­ed that and pre­pared accord­ing­ly. He’s come a long way in twelve months and we are both very pleased that he has accom­plished his goal. In train­ing we have been focused upon pac­ing and learn­ing to swim a con­trolled race. His swims have been more mature but at the end of the day this is all a learn­ing expe­ri­ence for the future”, con­clud­ed Denigan.