Swimmers Represent GB at Deaflympics

30 August 2017

Congratulations to the four swimmers from the East Region (pictured, left) who took part in the Deaflympics held in Samsun, Turkey from 18th – 30th July 2017.  They competed in front of packed stands and delivered some great performances.

Jasmine Seamarks (Co Of Cambridge ) swam in the heats of the 4x100m Freestyle Mixed Relay, with the final squad taking bronze in the final.  The British Record was broken in both the heats and finals.  Jasmine also had the honour of swimming her 50m Back solo on Turkish TV as her ledge broke at the start, just missing a PB by 0.01 seconds.

Oliver Kenny (West Norfolk SC) broke two British records 50 back (29.41) and 50 Fly (27.20) and reached three individual finals 100 Backstroke 7th, 200 Backstroke 8th and 200IM 7th. Oliver was the only swimmer from East to undertake a random drug test.  

Matthew Oaten (Basildon & Phoenix SC) set PBs in every race which was a magnificent performance with Ciara Tappenden (Basildon & Phoenix SC) also setting PBs in targeted breaststroke events.

As with the Summer Olympics the Deaflympics are Open Age Group.  The Russians topped the medal table after taking 26 of the 40 Gold Medals and Great Britain finished 5th with 3 golds and 4 bronze medals.

As well as taking part in their events, the swimmers had a great time meeting the British Ambassador to Turkey, local school children and past Olympic stars.  The opening ceremony saw 16,000+ attend, mainly local people, with a grand presentation by the city of Samsun with the Turkish equivalent of Robbie Williams,  Dance performances showing the history of Turkey and of course speeches and the parade of athletes.

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