Ben honoured for European record

Ben Sweeney receives an award from Doncaster Dartes for his success at the World Downs Syndrome Swimming Championships in Southampton where he broke the European record.

Ben Sweeney receives an award from Doncaster Dartes for his success at the World Downs Syndrome Swimming Championships in Southampton where he broke the European record.

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PARALYMPIC hopeful Ben Sweeney has been honoured by the Doncaster Dartes for his record breaking swim at the World Downs Syndrome Swimming Championships.

The 18-year-old broke the European record in the 200m backstroke with a time of 3.15.96 at the championships in Southampton.

He was presented with his award from Dartes head coach Andy Wallace (pictured right) at a recent training session.

Sweeney narrowly missed out on a prize at the Doncaster Sports Awards to club mates Max Litchfield and Chloe Selman.

At the age of five he began swimming with Dartes feeder club the Edlington Stingrays and now regularly travels around Britain to train.

His main goal now is to qualify for the 2012 Paralympics in London.