Alex Mason has earned a scholarship to Mount Kelly School in Tavistock, Devon and will join their team from September to study his A-Levels and continue his swimming education.
Mount Kelly offers first class facilities on site including a newly opened 50m pool which is part of the 2012 Olympic Legacy Programme. The coaching team is led by Olympian Robin Brew and Mount Kelly has produced more than 60 international swimmers since 2000.
Although we are sad to see Alex leave his story is a great example of what can be achieved at Chester-le-Street. Alex only joined Lorraine’s group a few months before his 14th birthday, his first experience of competitive swimming. Within 2 years he was competing at nationals and winning medals, next month he will take part in his first senior British Championships.
Head Coach Gary Renshaw said
“It was obvious he had talent but there was an awful lot of work to do on technique and stamina but by attending his sessions and listening to advice he has made great progress and we look forward to seeing him develop further.”
Alex’s dad Terry said
“It’s fair to say swimming has changed Alex’s life, we could never have imagined such an opportunity could arise when he joined Chester-le-Street ASC and we’ll always be grateful to everyone at the club – we know how much effort goes in behind the scenes to enable a swimmer to stand on the blocks.”
Alex will remain part of the club and return for training during holidays, before that he has the small matter of British Championships, NERs and British Summer Championships to tackle in the red cap. good luck Alex!