Swimmer’s county title hat-trick

FALCON FLYER -- ten-year-old triple county champion Milly Sale
FALCON FLYER -- ten-year-old triple county champion Milly Sale

A GIFTED young swimmer who has honed her skills with the Hucknall Falcon club has raced her way to the county title — for the third year running!

Eleven-year-old Amelia Sale, who is known as Milly, stormed to the 11-year-olds’ accolade after a gruelling series of 12 galas that started in February.

The Notts ASA County Championships are based on swimmers entering races in five categories, which are the sprint (50m swims), 100m events, 200m events, individual medley swims and freestyle.

Across the course of the series, each swimmer earns points for performances in each of the categories.

At the end, the best swim in each section counts towards the final points’ tally.

Milly collected a total of 2,182 points — a cushion of 183 ahead of her nearest rival.

The success follows her triumphs in scooping the equivalent titles in the ten-year-olds’ and nine-year-olds’ age-groups over the previous two seasons.

What’s more, her latest trophy-winning performance has again qualified her for the Midlands Championships, to be held in Coventry in June.

Proud mum Karen said: “She has done brilliantly. To have taken the overall title for three consecutive seasons in three age groups is some achievement.

“At the regional event, she will have to swim in the 12-year-olds’ category, so it will be tough. But she has qualified to compete in the 200m and 400m individual medleys, the 200m freestyle and the 200m backstroke.”

Milly, who lives on Barbara Street Eastwood, is one of Falcon’s up-and-coming stars.

Only last month, the Dispatch reported how the Kimberley School pupil swam to five victories at the a county championships gala at the Beechdale Swimming Centre in Nottingham.

Milly is also a member of the county squad, Nova Centurion, while her sisters, Jessica (16) and Becky (18), are former members of Falcon.