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SWIMMING: Records and medal ease Aaron’s nerves
AARON Moores always expects to be a bag of nerves at major competitions but the Trowbridge Paralympic ace dealt with the butterflies as he earned his first world championship medal last week.
The 19-year-old twice broke the British record on his way to clinching a bronze medal in the S14 100m backstroke at the IPC World Championships in Montreal.
Moores touched home in 1:03.90 in his heat before finishing in 1:03.18 in the final, also beating the time of 1:04.80 that won him a silver medal in the same event at London 2012.
The Trowbridge teenager was delighted with his performance in Canada and happy to be back in Wiltshire to celebrate with his fiancée Emma Walker.
“I was really happy with how I did out there – I beat my personal best and the British record twice and I wasn’t expecting to do that well at all,” said Moores.
“I was so nervous out there when I saw how many people where there watching you and I don’t think that I’ll ever not feel like that.
“But the best thing to do is just try and show everyone how fast you can swim.
“I decided to just go for it in the heat and breaking the record was a big confidence boost. In the final, I just used the adrenaline rush and it was brilliant again.”
Moores also made the final of the S14 100m backstroke, finishing seventh.
Trowbridge Amateur Swimming club teammate Chloe Davies also returned from Montreal with a world championship debut medal, the 14-year-old winning bronze in the SM14 200m individual medley.
Davies, from Midsomer Norton, touched home third in 2:32.83, finishing hot on the heels of Great Britain teammate Jessica-Jane Applegate.
She agonisingly missed out on another podium position in the S14 backstroke final by 0.3 of a second as well as finishing sixth in the S14 200m freestyle final and also competed in the SB14 100m breaststroke.
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