Matt Selous, aged 16, and Macy Yoxall, aged 14, represented the Borough of Barnsley Swimming Club at the Summer English Nationals at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, this week.

Matt placed 12th in the 16 year old age group for the 200m Breaststroke, narrowly missing out on a final position.

Macy succeeded in securing a place in the 200m Freestyle final after qualifying from the heat stage. In a close race she finished 10th.

In the 100m Freestyle, Macy missed a final place by just 0.5 seconds.

Macy said: “Thank you to everyone who has supported me this year and has helped me get to where I am now. I really appreciate all the support from my coaches and teammates, and I hope that some more of my friends will be joining me and matt for next years’ summer nationals! A massive thank you to everyone.”

Matt said: “I had a really great time and was honoured to represent the club and our town at a national level. I would like to thank everyone at BOBSC for their help and support, and for head coach Carly Herbert’s help in preparing me for the event.”

Adrian Wightman, Club spokesman, said: “We would like to congratulate both Matt and Macy on their wonderful achievements. Everyone associated with club is very proud of them and for the hard work they have put in to qualify.

“We hope that throughout the next season we will build upon this success, and all swimmers in the club are encouraged and enthused by their success.”

Carly Herbert, Head Coach at BoBSC, said: “I’m immensely proud of the swimmers, they’ve worked hard all season and dedicated themselves to every training session in order to qualify for this year’s national championships.

“The meet is so hard to qualify for, to get there is an amazing achievement in itself. Fellow teammates have been fantastic on getting behind them and supporting them! It’s an honour to be a part of such awesome team.

“Macy and Matt have had a fantastic season and have done themselves and the club proud. Well done!”

The swim club train at multiple BPL sites across the borough.