Swimming ace Bill makes waves on national stage

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WAKEFIELD senior swimming sensation Bill Moore took his talents to the national stage when he competed in the 2011 National Swimathon.

The Stanley swimmer has been in top form in the pool so far this year but he saved his best performance for the big national event, which attracted almost 20,000 swimmers in 580 pools nationwide.

Swimming 5000m, Moore competed against 500 other swimmers from across the country in the 70-74 age group and finished first by some distance.

He swam the distance at the John Charles Aquatics Centre in Leeds and finished a huge 17 minutes ahead of his nearest rival.

Moore finished second in the Swimathon, the world’s biggest fundraising swim, last year but clocked a superb time of 1 hour 35 minutes 28 seconds to run out top swimmer this year.

The second placed swimmer, Richard Garnish, came home in 1 hour 52 minutes 50 seconds.

The 74-year-old also finished an impressive 742nd out of all competing age groups, and was placed as 499 male overall.

His success gave him a huge boost going into the British Masters Swimming Championships, which were also held at his home pool at the John Charles Centre.

Moore swam superbly to claim silver medals in four events in the 70-74 year old age group.

His success was even more impressive given it was his last Masters performance in the category before he moves up to the 75-79 year old age group.

He came second in the 50m breaststroke with a time of 44 seconds, while silver medal finishes also came in the 100m breaststroke (1 min 43.8 secs), 200m breaststroke (3 min 52.97 secs) and 400m freestyle (7 min 23.86 secs).

Moore will move up to compete in the 75-79 year old category in the next Masters meet and will be looking to get back on the medal trail.

The next major competition on his calendar is the North East Masters competition in Durham in September before the Nationals take place at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge centre in October.

Moore will continue to train at Rothwell Sports Centre and at John Charles Aquatics Centre in preparation for both events.

See Friday’s Wakefield Express Sport for all the latest sports news from around the district.