Locally based brother and sister Adam and Lucy Stewart have come back home with a fistful of medals from the European Open Down’s Syndrome swimming championships in Loano, Italy.

The tournament featured around 250 swimmers from 20 countries from as far away as Mexico, South Africa, Australia and Brazil with most of the competitors understandably coming from Europe, with five new teams from Eastern Europe and one from Iceland.

The standards were very high this year as there were a large number of new young swimmers competing, with Adam taking part in seven events.  He came away with a gold; two silvers; and bronze, along with personal best times in every single race. Sister Lucy also got a personal best, as she took silver in the 25 metres breaststroke final.

Adam and Lucy are grateful for all the support they have received especially with generous financial help from the Orihuela Costa branch of the Arsenal supporters club and the team at Dolans Bar at Via Park 3. Their next event is in Elda at the end of the month before preparing for the Disability Championships in Liverpool and the European Down’s Syndrome Federation Championships early next year.