British swimming record set by Burnham-On-Sea pensioner
Burnham-On-Sea pensioner has again proven that age is no barrier
to success by breaking a second British swimming record.
Cole, 85, set a new British record last month when he swam in
a 50-metre event at the Welsh Open Masters Swimming Championships
This week, Grenville has beaten another British record by over
seven seconds by winning gold at the national championships in
Sheffield at the weekend.
smashed the previous British record which had been in place for
over 17 years (2:23.17) with a phenomenal time of 2:16.25 in the
100m breaststroke (85-89 years),
Cox-Conklin from Burnham Swim and Sports Academy, where he is
a member, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "What is quite
remarkable is the fact that he only started swimming more than
two lengths (50m) three weeks ago."
"He has only ever swum this distance (100m) before in training
aproximately four times in the last three weeks. Prior to that
he only swam two lengths then stopped because thats
all he knew!"
accomplishment is all the more remarkable because he only re-started
swimming in 2014 after a 68-year gap.
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. There
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."
Sara Cox-Conklin from Burnham Swim and Sports Academy with Grenville
Cole, 85, who has set a second new British swimming record