CITY of Newport Swimming Club members enjoyed a successful end to 2014 at the Welsh Short Course Championships in Swansea over the final weekend in December.

The meet was of the highest standard with many of the top teams from across the UK taking part, including huge teams from Loughborough and Bath Universities.

A team of around 30 swimmers from the National Performance and National Potential squads represented City of Newport at the meet, almost all of them producing personal best performances.

The team won an impressive amount of medals and placed an even larger number of swimmers into finals throughout the four days of competition.

There were however some standout swimmers, who produced exceptional performances that deserve special mention.

Cerys Coley, aged 15, dominated the breaststroke events, winning a hat trick of gold medals in the 50m (33.6 seconds), 100m (1.11.8s) and 200m (2.33.0s) events.

Erin Bryce, also 15, produced some brilliant swims to win gold in the 100m backstroke (1.03.0s), gold in the 200m backstroke (2.15.3s) and bronze in the 50m backstroke (29.9s).

Lewis Waters, another 15-year-old, produced a highly impressive set of swims to win gold in both the 100m (1.07.8s) and 200m (2.26.3s) breaststroke, silver in the 50m breaststroke (32.1s), and bronze in the 200m individual medley (2.15.0s).

William Ryley, aged 16, recorded some big personal best times to win silver in both the 200m (1.57.8s) and 400m freestyle (4.11.9s) and also picked up his third silver of the meet in the 100m individual medley (1.03.1s).

Jonathan Eke, aged 18, was swimming in the para-swimming multi classification event and won gold medals in both the 50m (26.2s) and 100m freestyle (56.5s).

These performances now place Eke at the top of the European rankings for the 50m, 100m, and 400m freestyle events in the s10 category.

Alice Manship, aged 14, produced the surprise swim of the meet to win bronze in the 100m breaststroke (1.18.2s), after qualifying for the final in eighth spot.

Cameron Brown, aged 18, was competing against many of the UK’s top senior swimmers and was extremely unlucky to end the meet without a medal after producing the fastest series of swims ever by a City of Newport swimmer.

His times of 50.6s for the 100m freestyle (sixth place), 1.48.5s for the 200m freestyle (fourth place) and 4.49.6s for the 400m freestyle (fourth place) were truly world class swims for an 18-year-old.

Anyone who is interested in joining the City of Newport Swimming and Water Polo Club can gain further information by emailing the aquatic development officer at