Month to remember for Kirkby ace Ollie

Active Ashfield hosted a fun day in Kirkby on Friday to welcome home paralympic athlete Ollie Hynd following his success at London 2012
Active Ashfield hosted a fun day in Kirkby on Friday to welcome home paralympic athlete Ollie Hynd following his success at London 2012

Kirkby swim star Ollie Hynd completed an astonishing month of success with two more gold medals plus a relay silver at last week’s IPC Swimming European Championships in Eindhoven, Holland.

The 19-year-old, who had just come away from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow with gold in the 200m individual medley to complete his grand slam set of titles, retained his European S8 200m medley crown and also went one better than Berlin 2011 as he also claimed the S8 400m freestyle gold.

He then completed his Dutch delight by helping Great Britain to silver in the 34-point 4x100m medley relay.

“I think in a way I am quite privileged to have had the chance to race at a big event before coming into this meet,” said a delighted Hynd.

“I’ve taken the positive aspects of my swim from the Commonwealths and tried to use that here.”

He also raced in the S8 100m backstroke in which he came fourth in 1:06.74.

Hynd claimed the 400m freestyle S8 gold in four minutes 31.66 seconds, with team mate Josef Craig taking bronze in the same race.

Then, just 24 hours later he retained his 200m medley crown in 2.25.22.

It was slower than the 2.22.86 he had swum in Glasgow and left him disappointed, but he still stormed away from the rest of the field after taking the lead halfway through the race.

In the relays, each swimmer’s disability class is used as a points score, so for example, S6 becomes six points, and a team’s total for their four swimmers can’t be more than 34.

Russia raced away early and Great Britain couldn’t reel them in, but they wrapped up silver with a strong finish from S7 Matt Walker, after S10 James Hollis, S8 Hynd and SB9 Jack Bridge had got the Brits going with a good start.

Walker brought Britain home in a time of 4:20.70, a superb swim from him, considering he had to pull out of the previous night’s freestyle relay with illness.

Four golds on the final day of action in Eindhoven saw Great Britain smash their gold medal target of 20, finishing with 30 golds, 27 silvers and 16 bronzes - enough for third place in the medal table.

Ukraine topped the table with 37 golds while Russia were second with 34.