pensioner, 85, becomes European swimming champion
incredible Burnham-On-Sea pensioner has proven that age is no
barrier to sport by becoming European swimming champion in his
age group this week.
Cole, 85, became European Champion in the 50-metre breastroke
at the European Masters, held at the Olympic Pool in London on
Thursday (May 26th).
who trains at Burnham's Swim and Sports Academy, also broke the
British record for a third time, with a time of 58.56.
congratulations go to Grenville - we are extremely proud of him,"
Sara Cox-Conklin from the Academy told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
part in the European Masters has put him under a great deal of
pressure but he took it all his stride and has done amazingly
well. He is an inspirational person - a true role model."
accomplishment is all the more remarkable because he only re-started
swimming in 2014 after a 68-year gap when his wife and daughter
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I gave up swimming when I was 15
back in 1946 - the opportunities then were not the same as today
even though I loved the sport and was a strong swimmer."
was a 68-year gap before I got back into the pool in 2014."
just wondered if I could still swim, and gave it a go. Despite
feeling exhausted, the first few times I kept it going and now
swim at Burnham Pool three times a week."
one occasion Sara from the Swim and Sports Academy asked whether
I'd considered entering the Swimming Masters. I didn't think I'd
have a chance, but said I'd give it a go and haven't looked back.
I love swimming."
was also more local success at the championships on Thursday when
Burnham-On-Sea's Sarah Dykes won gold in the 100-metre butterfly
(45-49 Years) with a superb time of 1:09 which was only 1/800ths
of a second off the British record.