Millfield swimmers in the medals at Sainsbury's School Games
Millfield swimmer Cameron Kurle admits he heads to the operating table in high spirits after winning Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games gold in his last event before undergoing surgery.
The 16-year-old stormed to victory in the 200m freestyle at Ponds Forge in Sheffield, clocking a time of 1min 58.35secs to win by almost half a second over Frederick Biggs.
Kurle, who attends Millfield School, returned to the pool for the 800m freestyle team event as part of the England South quartet but narrowly missed out on a second medal as they finished fourth.
He will now go for an operation to fix an ingrown toenail and Kurle insists his success at the School Games has given him the confidence that can return from surgery a better swimmer.
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“It was really good to win, I was really chuffed when I finished,” he said. “It was quite a hard race to win so I’m happy. It was my first School Games too and it was really good.
“It was a really good experience for later on in my career. Hopefully I can go on from here and make the Olympics one day, that’s my big goal.
“I’ve got an operation coming up on my toe so I’m going to be out for six weeks and hopefully I will come back and be ready for later on in the season.
“It’s just an ingrown toenail, so hopefully I will be back and bashing myself around again in the pool soon enough.”
Kurle was not the only Millfield success story in the pool at the Games as Daniel Speers claimed 50m freestyle silver and 400m freestyle team bronze at Ponds Forge.
He was also eighth in the 100m freestyle and the 16-year-old was satisfied with his efforts at the Games, given that he has not long returned after a summer break.
“I was really pleased to get a medal – it wasn’t a personal best but it was still an OK swim so I was happy,” he said.
“It wasn’t too tight a race, it just didn’t feel quite as good as it normally does.
“But I suppose because I had a break over the summer I couldn’t expect too much.
“My aim for the coming season is to make the British team for the European juniors if I can.”
The Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, was held in venues across Sheffield from September 12-15.
Visit www.2013schoolgames.com for more information.