On Saturday 1st February I participated in the Essex Age Group Championships. In the first round, I came third out of the entire 12 year old category which consisted of 30 teams. There were around 52 swimmers going for the three prizes, gold, silver and bronze for each event. By managing to get into the top ten of the age group, I was taken to the finals of the event (which was 50m backstroke). I raced against nine competitors and came third, winning the bronze medal. I received the medal during the award ceremony. It was presented to me by the Mayor of the amateur swimming association (ASA). My mother and sister were very proud.
By Mohammed Aman Hossain, class 20.