Swimstar Ben dives in to boost his medal tally

Left to right George Trow,(Doncaster College Principal and Chief Executive), Ben Sweeney (with latest medal haul) Sally Senior,(Head of Inclusion at Doncaster College)

Left to right George Trow,(Doncaster College Principal and Chief Executive), Ben Sweeney (with latest medal haul) Sally Senior,(Head of Inclusion at Doncaster College)

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A TALENTED swimmer has added to his bulging trophy cabinet with another medal haul from his latest competition.

Ben Sweeney, a life skills student at Doncaster College, has returned from the European Down’s Syndrome Open Swimming Championships with a stack of medals including eight golds and a silver proudly displayed around his neck.

The 19-year-old is no stranger to climbing the winner’s podium having astonishingly won more than 800 medals in his swimming career.

Those triumphs also mean he is running out of space in his bedroom where his trophies are kept in Waverley Avenue, Balby. From his latest competition, in the Quays in Southampton, the gifted teenager made a huge splash by smashing two world records at the event - he recorded the world’s best time in the 100m breaststroke and 50m backstroke in his class.

Ben, who has been swimming since he was around three-years-old, has used his natural talent for the water to take part in competitions all over the world including Taiwan, where he captained the swim team.

The former Conisbrough Pennine View pupil wants to focus more on improving his breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle events despite preferring the backstroke technique.

He also has plans to use his college course, in which he is in his final year, to work with children as a sports coach as well as continuing to swim himself.

Despite his growing collection of medals, all Ben wants to do is succeed for his family.

The humble sportsman, who has honed his skills with Edlington Swimming Club, said: “I just want to get better and better and make my family proud.”

Ben’s inspiring efforts were also been recognised in the Free Press Super Kids competition in 2010 where he picked up the sports award.

Ben is now looking forward to the World Swim Championships in Italy this November.