Spry helps GB to silver at World Underwater Hockey Champs after impressing at swimming for Caradon

AFTER completing a busy swimming season with Caradan SC, Jackson Spry changed sports and helped Great Britain’s men’s under-19 team win a silver medal at the Age Group World Underwater Hockey Championships in Sheffield.

Spry, who is part of the successful Plymouth Underwater Hockey Club, scored an impressive 16 goals as GB finished second behind New Zealand in the championships.

The 17-year-old Devonport High School for Boys pupil netted five goals in GB’s win over Canada and scored four times against both Argentina and Spain.

Spry headed to the World Championships after competing for Caradon at the English National Swimming Championships and the Swim England Open Water National Championships.

At the pool championships he reached his first national final, finishing ninth in the 200m backstroke in 2:13.86.

Twenty-four hours after that he competed in the open water 5k event, where he was joined by Caradon club colleague Aegean Bramley.

Bramley came 12th in her age group in 1:06.52, while Spry was 19th in his category in 1:04.52.

Caradon enjoyed a good end to the swimming season, capped by Helen Kula-Przezwanski winning two gold medals, two silvers and a bronze at the World Masters Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.

Caradon also took three swimmers to the Welsh Open Meet in Swansea – Ollie Naylor, Olivia Shute and Katie Daniels.

Daniels, competing in the 12-year-old age group, set three new PBs in the 50m freestyle (32.01), 100m butterfly (1:29.20) and 100m back (1:21.30).

Shute competed in the 13-year-old age group just eight weeks after breaking her wrist. She had only had a week’s full training but still came close to PBs in the 50m butterfly (35.65), 200m backstroke (2:54.46), 50m backstroke (36.06) and 50m breaststroke (41.43).

Naylor had a great meet in the 15-year-old boys’ category. He set four PBs and reached his first national final when he took eighth in the 50m freestyle (26.74). He also set new bests in the 50m breaststroke (36.69), 50m butterfly (29.85), and 50m backstroke (32.64).

The trio are now looking forward to the the Welsh Short Course Nationals in December.

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