Five medals and two British records from the 2012 European Junior Championships now make their journey from Antwerp to Plymouth courtesy of three of Jon's athletes who won a magnificent one gold, three silver and one bronze between them.
Top of the tree is Joe Patching, European Junior Champion over 200m Backstroke, his breathtaking performance seeing him smash through the two-minute barrier for the first time taking gold in 1:59.45. “I’m absolutely speechless,” said Patching. “I’ve broken the two minute barrier which was my primary goal, but my second goal was to win the gold for the team and I managed to do both. The Italian was coming back hard on me in the last 50 but I just thought to myself ‘This is my day, I’m not going to let him pass’ and I swum through it. Now I get to stand on the podium and hear our national anthem - I’m so happy and so relieved.”