Berlin Swimming Championships joy for Mansfield pair

NOVA Centurion SC swimmers Ollie Hynd and Charlotte Henshaw, who both swim with the Mansfield Squad, are celebrating a five medal success at the IPC European Swimming Championships in Berlin last week.

Ollie Hynd, younger brother of Paralympic star Sam Hynd, arrived home four medals heavier, having taken the championships by storm.

He landed gold in the SM8 200-individual medley in a new European record time, silver in the S8 400m freestyle, behind brother Sam, and a bronze in the S8 100m backstroke, both in new best times. He was also part of the GB 34-point relay squad, having swam in the heats of the medley team, which subsequently won the bronze medal in the final.

Charlotte Henshaw, also had an outsanding meet, taking a fantastic silver in the SB6 100m breaststroke, behind GB team mate Liz Johnson, in one of the outstanding races of the championships, swimming stroke for stroke with Liz for 95m of the 100m.

Charlotte also took an excellent fourth place in the Women’s SM8 200m individual medley in a new best time and fifth place in the 400m freestyle.

Glenn Smith, chief coach to the Mansfield/Nova Squad (supported by Mansfield District Council and Nottinghamshire County Council), was part of the GB coaching staff in Berlin, and said: “This has been quite simply an outstanding championships for both Ollie and Charlotte and for the GB Team.

“However, we must also not forget this is just one more step towards the London Paralympics in 2012 where the Nova Squad, now have real medal hopes.

“The next 12 month plans are critical if this type of success is to be continued.”