Two British Para titles for Ben

Ben Grainger, 11, of Andreas proudly displays the five medals he won at last weekend's British Para Swimming Championships in Sheffield

Ben Grainger, 11, of Andreas proudly displays the five medals he won at last weekend's British Para Swimming Championships in Sheffield

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Team AXA Wealth International Isle of Man Swimming Club’s Ben Grainger became a British Para Swimming Champion last weekend in Sheffield.

The 11-year-old from Andreas smashed through previous best times to take gold in two events.

Taking on Britain’s best junior swimmers in the under-14 age group, he won both the 50 and 100 metre freestyle.

He then added silver medals in the 400m freestyle and 100m backstroke, with a bronze in the 100m breaststroke.

These were all achieved in huge personal best times as Ben continues to dominate the British Paralympic rankings in the 11-year-old age group.

The youngster, who started swimming a little over 18 months ago after head Isle of Man Swimming coach Lee Holland spotted him in Ramsey pool, is now part of British Swimming’s talent pathway. The programme aims at swimmers with potential to compete in Tokyo 2020.

Ben’s parents, Steve and Sonia, are still in shock at their son’s progress over such a short period of time: ‘Ben’s progression has been a whirlwind,’ they said.

‘In the last 12 months he has started high school, discovered his own ability to push new boundaries and now to top it all he becomes a double British champion.

‘We couldn’t be happier with the support that Isle of Man Swimming Club have provided Ben and now British Para Swimming are talking about his future as a performer, it’s just amazing.’

Ben Grainger’s success has also helped grow disability swimming in the island and Isle of Man Swimming Club is working with six disability swimmers expected to compete at British championship level.

This group is currently seeking support through corporate sponsorship. If any businesses are interested in supporting the Disability Swimming Performance track please email iomswimcoach@gmail.com

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