Polar Bears celebrate sizzling medal haul

Blackpool Polar Bears enjoy success at Special Olympics GB. Back - Jenna Lloyd, Scott Hollamby, Courtney Holt, Ellie Sutcliffe. Front - Shezelle Riley, Danielle Berry, Jack Wilding, Erin Green
Blackpool Polar Bears enjoy success at Special Olympics GB. Back - Jenna Lloyd, Scott Hollamby, Courtney Holt, Ellie Sutcliffe. Front - Shezelle Riley, Danielle Berry, Jack Wilding, Erin Green
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Disabled Blackpool swimmers have struck gold at the Special Olympics GB.

The swimmers from Blackpool Polar Bears brought a huge medal haul back to the Fylde coast, after competing at the Hengrove Park Leisure Centre in Bristol.

In total the Bears won 20 medals, with five golds, six silvers and nine bronzes. On top of that, the team received ribbons for fourth, fifth and eighth placed finishes in their races.

The golds came from a variety of events, with Ellie Sutcliffe leading the way with two wins in the 100m freestyle and the 50m backstroke.

Jenna Lloyd took the honours in the 25m backstroke, with Shezelle Riley winning the longer, 100m version of the same event.

Jack Wilding also triumphed as part of the 4x25m freestyle relay team.

But the success didn’t just stop there.

The team’s head coach Emma Inglis said: “As well as our medal success, there were over 20 personal bests broken over the weekend.”

Coun Graham Cain, cabinet member for tourism and leisure, said: “We’re delighted to support the Polar Bears in all of their endeavours, especially at last weekend’s Special Olympics GB.”

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