Knight bags national title

COPS Swimmer Liam Knight, who has been selected for the World Class Training Programme ahead of the 2016 Olympics in Rio
COPS Swimmer Liam Knight, who has been selected for the World Class Training Programme ahead of the 2016 Olympics in Rio

Liam Knight has done Wisbech proud by becoming a national 200m backstroke swimming champion.

The 18-year-old struck gold at the British Gas ASA National Youth Championships in Sheffield.

Knight, who is a member of City of Peterborough Swimming Club (COPS), won gold in the 100m and 200m backstroke. He added silver in 100m fly and bronze in 50m backstroke.

Knight said: “I have had such a great week, I can’t really put into words how well this week has gone for me.

“Success at this level means so much to me; to work so hard all year and getting up so early for 5am training, having a tough time earlier this season and pushing through this last week has made it all worthwhile.

“Last year at nationals I got one silver and one bronze so to come out with two golds, one silver and one bronze is just amazing.

“Huge thanks to Ben Negus and all the COPS coaching staff for this year plus a huge thank you to David Jakeman, my physio, as he really does do so much for me.

“The support from my teammates, friends and of course family has really helped me every single step of the way.

“This has been a great year and it’s just the stepping stone to the big push for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year.”

The teenager is now having a break for two weeks, then training recommences looking towards Commonwealth qualification next year.