Following successful competitive swims at the Ponds Forge International Pool in Sheffield on the 18th October and at Wolverhampton Central Baths on the 25th & 26th October, Ellesmere College Titan and Shropshire County swimmer Alfie Pardoe, aged 10, is now ranked No 1 in the UK in his age group in both the 25m short course and 50m long course events.
Winning the 10/u boys gold medals at both events in respective times of 2:46.10 and 2:46.21 secured him the top ranked positions.
Alfie is also ranked in the top ten in the 200m breaststroke; 200m Individual Medley; 100m backstroke; and 400m Individual Medleys.
The official rankings, which are compiled by the ASA, the sports governing body, consist of in excess of 600,000 recorded times over the last twelve months.
Having reached the summit of these rankings Alfie has received the highest accolade from 5-times Olympic gold medallist and mentor Gary Hall Jnr. Alfie, who now trains with the Titans and attends Ellesmere College School, has for many years attended the highly successful Race Club training establishment in Florida founded by Gary Hall Jnr. Gary said of Alfie's achievement "Alfie has been training at the Race Club since he was 8 years old and is one of the most naturally talented and competitive swimmers I've ever seen".
Alfie commented "This is another step up the ladder towards my ultimate goal. I hope that one day I can repay the faith that Gary Hall has shown in me".
In total Ellesmere College Titans Swimming Club has five swimmers with top 50 UK rankings in at least one event. Aside from Alfie the other swimmers are Elliot Hughes (aged 11), James Wilson (aged 11), Natalie Greene (aged 9) and Isobel Mellings (aged 9).
Ellesmere College headmaster Brendan Wignall commented "Alfie's achievements are the result of many years of hard training and dedication. We hope that other young swimmers will be inspired by his success".
Ellesmere College School will be holding a Swimming Scholarship Open Day on the 24th January for other talented young swimmers. Swimmers throughout the region will have the opportunity of seeing for themselves the facilities and coaching set up at Ellesmere College and applying for scholarships of up to 50% off school fees. Anyone interested in attending should contact Head of Admission, Paul Goodwin, on 01691 626510 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further details about joining the Ellesmere Titans can be found on their website www.ellesmerecollegetitans.co.uk or by telephoning Jon Pardoe on 07903 641668. Further details on scholarships and places at Ellesmere College can be obtained from the College Admissions Secretary on 01691 622321 or by email at email@example.com .
19th November 2008 Back to News