Plymouth Leander and Mount Kelly swimmers earn Great Britain honours

Plymouth Leander’s Laura Stephens, Honey Osrin and Sophie Freeman, who have all been named in Great Britain teams this week

FOUR junior swimmers from the region have been selected to represent Great Britain at major events this summer.

Plymouth Leander’s Honey Osrin and Sophie Freeman and Mount Kelly’s Oliver Taverner and Harry Noble have all been named in a 30-strong GB squad for the European Junior Championships in Kazan, Russia, at the start of July.

Osrin has also been selected as one of 10 British swimmers who will go to the World Junior Championships in Budapest at the end of August.

The teams were selected after last week’s British Championships in Glasgow.

Plymouth College pupil Osrin, who won four junior finals and finished fourth in a senior final at Tollcross, is delighted to earn two call-ups.

“Being selected to represent GB at the European and World Junior Championships has been a really big goal of mine for the past two seasons,” said the 16-year-old.

“I’ve been working really hard in the pool with my coach Robin (Armayan) and in the gym with Paris Payne. I’d also like to thank Plymouth College who have supported me all the way.”

Freeman, coached by Leander’s former Olympian Roberto Pavoni, is really looking forward to racing at the European Junior Championships.

“It’s a huge step up from what I’m used to,” said the 15-year-old, who will be one of the youngest members of the squad.

“Coming to Plymouth College and Leander in September has been a massive change for me but has allowed me to take the next step in my academics and swimming.”

It has been a successful week for Leander, who had Laura Stephens and Ben Proud selected for the senior World Aquatic Championships on Wednesday and Reece Dunn breaking the S14 100m freestyle world record – subject to ratification – at the British Para-Swimming International Meet in Glasgow on Thursday with a 51.92 second swim. He won gold in that event and also picked up a bronze in the 200m IM.

The club’s head coach Armayan said: “Plymouth Leander had an inspiring week at the 2019 British Championships. Our results showed, once again, the depth in strength we have but also the great results of a successful partnership between the club, Plymouth College and Plymouth University.

“The highlights of the week were the GB selections for Sophie Freeman at the European Junior Champs, Honey Osrin selected for the European and World Junior Champs and Laura Stephens, who has been selected for the World Champs.

“After winning the Arena League for the ninth time those results are extremely encouraging and all our athletes are ready to work even harder to perform at their best this summer.”


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