Swimmers to compete at world championships

Chris MacDonnell and Harvey Stonebank.

Two swimmers are to travel to Canada to compete at a world championships.

Harvey Stonebank and Chris MacDonnell, members of Richmond Dales ASC, have qualified for the Down Syndrome World Swimming Championships to be held in Truro, Nova Scotia, later this month.

Harvey is 13 and lives in Middleton Tyas, while Chris is 26 and lives in Alnwick.

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Both train at Richmond and Catterick Pools with the competitive swimming squad.

In addition to competing for Richmond Dales, both swimmers are members of Down Syndrome GB swimming organisation.

Harvey competes in the junior category. He will be competing in 25m freestyle, 25m back stroke, 25m butterfly, 50m freestyle, 50m back stroke and 50m butterfly.

Harvey currently holds junior short course world records in 25m freestyle, 25m backstroke, 50m backstroke and 25m butterfly.

He also holds European open records for all age groups at several disciplines.

Chris joined Richmond Dales in January and trains at Richmond alongside Harvey, as well as at Alnwick.

Richmond Dales squad coach Keith Hall said: “Both swimmers have worked extremely hard to get selected to represent Team GB at the 2018 World Championships.

They train four or fives times a week for up to two hours as well as taking part in strength and conditioning training.”

He added: “Richmond Dales are extremely proud of both Harvey and Chris’s achievements.

“To be selected to represent Team-GB at this international event is absolutely amazing. We look forward to seeing what these two athletes can achieve.”

The team depart for Canada on July 18 and the competition runs from July 21 to July 26.