Swimmers provide fitting tribute to Janko

(FRIDAY, AUGUST 13). MAXWELL swimmers at last week's ASA National Youth Championships in Sheffield brought home nine medals including three golds – a fitting tribute to departing head coach Janko Gojkovic.

Three times Olympian Gojkovic, who is returning to his native Bosnia after nearly six years with the club, was delighted with the haul.

Craig Gibbons took gold in both the 17/18years 50M Freestyle and 100M Freestyle events, the latter in a new youth British record time of 50.27seconds.

Craig won in style, being nearly 1.5 seconds ahead of his nearest rival and confirming his status as the fastest youth swimmer in the UK.

Paul Turner took gold in the 17/18 years 100M backstroke in a personal besttime of 58.84 seconds.

Paul has been a finalist in this event for the past six years and this is the third time he has won gold.

Hanna Capstick gained silver medals in both the 16/17 years 100M and 200M Butterfly finals. The 100M final was a particularly close affair with Hanna (1.02.67) just beaten to the touch by Plymouth Leander's Cassandra Patten.

Ed Downes took silver in the 17/18 years 200m Individual Medley.

His time of 2.07.31 was a new personal best and within the World Class Programme time. This may well mean that Ed will be invited during next season to training camps run by British Swimming.

Ed also gained bronze in both the 100M Breaststroke and 400M Individual Medley events.

The 17/18 years boys' team comprising of Turner, Adam Hilliard, Downes and Gibbons achieved third place and a bronze medal in the 4x100M Medley Relay.

The boys were delighted with their result particularly after the disappointment of coming home first in the 4x100M Freestyle relay earlier in the weekonly to be disqualified on a technicality.

Sarah Turner achieved a new personal best time of 1.09.92 in her 14/15 years 100M backstroke event and had good swims in both the 200M and 400M Freestyle events.

Speaking to the British Swimmimg website, Gojkovic said: "I'm feeling sad and happy at the same time – sad to be leaving behind what we've done over the last six years; happy at how well the swimmers have swum and I hope that one of them will be in the Olympic team next time.

"I will leave with a lasting memory of a best session for us with two gold, two silver and one bronze."

Club chairman Jonathan Smith said: "Our swimmers have done Janko and the club proud. They have achieved more medals than at any other championships I can remember which is a fitting tribute to all the hard work they have put inand the expert coaching provided by Janko."

Gojkovic will takethe experience gained at Maxwell and the knowledge gained through his involvement with the British Swimming World Class Programme back to Bosnia, where he hopes it will benefit their embryonic national programme.