The British Championships 2019 took place from the 16.-22.04.2019 in Glasgow. This is the biggest meet on British soil and featured some of the UKs top swimming talent including Adam Peaty and Duncan Scott. City of Sheffield Swim Squad (Team Steel), was represented by 22 swimmers, some of whom were targeting this meet as their main competition and trying to qualify for the World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, and the under 18s for the World Junior Championships in Budapest and the European Junior Championships in Kazan.

The final weekend in April saw JO3, JO2 and Regional squad travel to Huddersfield for the Borough of Kirklees Spring Open Meet. Despite difficult deck conditions, Team Steel took home 17 golds, 16 silvers and 19 bronzes. It was a great experience for the JO3 swimmers to get some racing under their belts, and to learn from the older swimmers. JO2 raced really well and demonstrated the great skills they have been working on in training.

Amazing to see CoSSS win the first round of Barnsley Minor League!! This is the team to compete at the second round of the Barnsley Minor League on May 12th at Edlington. Warm up is at 2pm, can I ask that swimmers arrive 20 minutes prior to warm up. The event should last two hours.

Over the Easter weekend, JO1 travelled down to Portsmouth for the “Easter Meet 2019”. These meets are a great opportunity for the group to bond and learn more about how best to prepare themselves for away competitions. This will be invaluable experience for when they start swimming international meets in their swimming career. Judging from the Twitter and Facebook posts, the team (looked after by Luke, Jack, Kerry and Roz) had a fantastic time, and raced extremely well.

Day 5 was amazing as we had our first British Champion in Sam Budd over the 800 Freestyle in a super time of 7:59.72. Sam took the lead right from the start and never let go and with some excellent turns Sam put himself in a great position. On the final 50 he had to get back in 29 sec to go under the magical 8 min barrier and he did just that. Huge congratulations to Sam, what an awesome swim.