Harby swimmer Andy Banks reaches European qualifying marks

Andy Banks with his runners-up trophy and haul of medals EMN-150906-190822002
Andy Banks with his runners-up trophy and haul of medals EMN-150906-190822002
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Harby swimmer Andy Banks returned from an East Midlands championships with a hatful of medals and all-important qualifying times.

Andy claimed seven medals at the East Midlands ASA event for competitive disability swimmers, and picked up qualifying times for the European Downs Syndrome Swimming Championships for all races he entered.

The event catered for swimmers with all disabilities including physical, visual, learning, hearing, dyspraxia, autism and Downs Syndrome, and attracted competitors from across the region.

Andy had a very busy day, swimming freestyle at 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m, and the 50m butterfly event, and came away with a medal from all five races, winning three gold and two silver.

Despite being a Melton Swimming Club member, Andy was entered under his other club, Notts Nova, and helped the Nottinghamshire Relay team win silver and bronze medals.

Despite the busy schedule, Andy swam all of his races close to personal best times and earned sufficient points to win the runners-up trophy in the over 18s category, missing out on the overall win by a few points.

Andy is hoping to swim for Great Britain again later this year at the European Championships in Italy.