Olympic stars Joe Roebuck and Amy Smith inspire Mansfield Swimming Club

Olympic swimmers Joe Roebuck and Amy Smith visit Mansfield Swimming Club.

Olympic swimmers Joe Roebuck and Amy Smith visit Mansfield Swimming Club.

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It’s thumbs up all round as youngsters at Mansfield Swimming Club receive an inspirational visit from Olympians Joe Roebuck and Amy Smith to help their development.

Roebuck, 30, who is a ten-times British champion, Commonwealth and European medallist as well as an Olympic semi-finalist, and Smith, 28, who is a Commonwealth medallist and World and Olympic finalist, have set up Swim Swift Elite which delivers educational and motivating masterclasses. In a three-hour session at Mansfield’s Water Meadows complex, they drew on all their elite-level experience and expertise to improve the youngsters’ techniques and skills.

The visit capped a memorable weekend for the club, who also posted some fine results in galas at Sharley Park and Hucknall. Seven swimmers enjoyed terrific success at the Rykneld Open Meet, which was held at the Chesterfield venue, with several top-three places secured, including four firsts for 13-year-old Fleur Beilby and one for ten-year-old Amelia Hargarve.

Beilby and Hargarve also swam to third places, as did nine-year-old Mason Brown and ten-year-old Max Burroughes, while many personal-best times and speeding tickets were secured too. The squad also included Zachary Boulton, Charlotte Hopkinson and Lewes Shorthose.

At Hucknall, a Mansfield team of 17 swimmers, aged eight to 11, including some making their debuts, finished third in a keenly contested Stage One Trophy Gala. They were: Charlotte Hopkinson, Mason Brown, Lewes Shorthose, Harriet Butcher, Isobel Smith, Stanley Milasinovich, Bailey Slater, Beth Hamilton, Callum Brookes, Charlie May Meade, Chloe Lilley, Evie Wilson, Fern Davies, Lewis Meade, Orla Davies, Tyler Brown and William Merritt.