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Harris breaks the fly record

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon swimmer Craig Harris Swindon swimmer Craig Harris

SWINDON swimmer Craig Harris capped a wonderful two weeks by breaking the British short course S14 200m butterfly record at the Link Centre last weekend.

The swimmer who is categorised in the S14 competition, with learning difficulties, stormed home in 2:20.31, to secure a junior bronze at the Wiltshire ASA youth championships and break the record which has been standing since 2011.

The Taw Hill swimmer also competed in the disability sports national short course youth and junior championships over the previous weekend in Sheffield, securing the 'top boy' award across all the age groups.

15-year-old Craig grew up and still lives in Swindon, competing for spells with local clubs Swindon Dolphin and Tigersharks over his ten years in the pool, before moving to Corsham ASC at the beginning of this season.

His father, Andrew said: "Craig broke the record at Corsham a month ago, but because the pool wasn't registered for records, it didn't stand.

"He moved to Corsham at the start of the season, to access the Bath performance squad.

"Then an opening came up in Swansea at the national performance centre, so he actually trains in a lane next to Jazz Carlin."

Craig is now working with Ellie Simmonds' former coach Billy Pye in South Wales and Andrew believes that, the level of world class training he's now receiving will help Craig to be in contention on the international stage.

Asked if he believes Craig will go on to break his own record, Andrew said: "Oh, definitely. As he progresses under Billy Pye I think he'll go from strength to strength.

"Craig is still swimming across all strokes and is yet to specialise. He came into this meet quite tired after swimming in eight races in Sheffield and the medley before the butterfly.

"He only had a 20 minute rest between the two races on Saturday, and is in heavy training."

Craig is one of thirty British swimmers on the potential podium programme, which aims to develop swimmers for success at the 2016 Paralympic games in Rio De Janeiro.

In the short term, Craig has an opportunity to qualify for the Commonwealth games, when he travels to the long course trials held in the Tollcross pool that will host the swimming events in Glasgow. He will swim in the 200m freestyle knowing that he must clock 2:02.77 to make the English team for July's Games.

Two weeks later he has another set of trials to secure a place in the Great Britain squad for August's European championships, held in Eindhoven.

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