They both swim for a team called Special Olympics and have been selected to represent Yorkshire in the MENCAP swimming finals at the Wales National Park in Swansea in July: the 2016 National Partnership Swimming Competition.
They have also been selected to represent their club in the Great Britain Special Olympics in 2017. This involves travelling to Sheffield and competing in a number of events to be held across a week.
Owen also swims for Kingston Upon Hull Swimming Club, and this month scooped three gold medals in the breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle.
Mrs Garside is incredibly proud of her son and has informed the school that Owen has been approached by various scouts for his swimming talents. This hat trick of medals takes Owen’s medal successes to 13 in the last 2 years.
For his achievements, Thomas has been nominated by the school for the SSP Awards. The PE department wrote a 100 word nomination which was reviewed by a panel and assessed against the 49 schools in the East Riding Partnership.
Thomas was recognised for second place for Performance In Schools: Secondary Category, and has now been invited to an annual award evening hosted by the School Sports Partnership to collect his award.
Both boys invest a great deal of their time in their chosen sport, and it is clear their dedication and determination is being rewarded; they are extremely excited about their involvement in the above events. For the boys however, it is pure enjoyment of their sport that keeps them going.
PE Teacher Stuart Caddell said;
“It is brilliant to see the boys succeeding at their chosen sport; we wanted to recognise the amount of hard work these boys are putting in, hence our submission for the SSP awards.”