Weʼre raising £4,000 to Help fund training, kit and sending Leo pellow to the world swimming championships.
- St. Ives, United Kingdom
- Disability support
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St Ives Bay Swim Club member Leo Pellow is a 15 year old dedicated hard working swimmer. He recently entered the North Cornwall Dragons Open Meet at Bodmin hoping to achieve qualifying times to secure selection for the Down Syndrome GB Team. The team will be travelling to the Down Syndrome World Championships in Nova Scotia, Canada in July 2018. Leo's main aim was to take advantage of the rare opportunity for boys to compete in an 800 Freestyle event, gain a qualifying time and hopefully set a Junior (Under 17 on the day) World Record along the way.
The ‘A’ class qualifying time set for the Worlds is 15:28.68 however, fresh from winning the European Championships in Paris recently, Team GB Selectors were looking for faster times than those specified for entering the Championships and Leo needed to go below 14:30.00. Maintaining a near constant pace throughout, he touched the wall in a fantastic 13:20.65!
With all the paperwork signed off, his time will now be sent to the GB Team Managers and then the Down Syndrome International Swimming Organisation for ratification. Hopefully, within a couple of weeks Leo will receive a certificate confirming him as the official Junior Short Course World Record Holder. He is now looking for a long course competition offering boys an opportunity to swim the 800 Freestyle so he can challenge for that record as well (currently 23.08.40 and held by an American swimmer).
Leo is currently seeking financial support to aid his ambition to compete at the world championships in Canada where he is aiming to enter 8 events and hopefully break a few more world records on the way. The money raised will help pay for equipment, coaching, pool time and the fees needed to send Leo to Canada next year.
Leo is pictured here proudly wearing his newly acquired, personalised GB kit.
If you would like to donate and help make this boy's dreams come true, please support us with as little or as much as you can. Thank you.
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Dec 12, 2017
Dec 11, 2017
Great to see you claim your World Record at the PL Meet. From one of the Officials on the day
Dec 10, 2017
Keep up the great work! Go for it
Dec 4, 2017
Well done Leo. Go for it!
Dec 3, 2017
Dec 2, 2017
Good luck Leo - you can do it!
Nov 27, 2017
GOOD LUCK LEO !!!!!!!!!!! Hope you get there, you deserve it.Cody Sleeman (Launceston swimming club)