A HEREFORD youngster who continues to show his swimming talen won two golds at the Cardiff Open level one meeting recently.

Oliver Jones, from Belmont, Hereford led the way for his Ledbury and District Amateur Swimming Club with gold medals in the 100-metre and 200m breaststroke, despite being one of the youngest competitors in each final.

Competition was fierce with more than 1,000 from as far afield as Ireland, Jersey and Dubai.

Jones also made the 200m individual medley final, finishing well above his entry ranking in fifth place.

His swims closely mirrored his West Midlands Regional Championships performances in Coventry where he claimed five golds and one silver medal.

Having been ranked in the Great Britain top 10 for all three breaststroke events, Jones hopes to have secured his British Nationals place in Glasgow for the last week of July.

Fellow regional medallist and club captain Molly Schofield achieved personal bests in two of her four races in Cardiff.

Despite being one of the youngest in her age group, she achieved three top-30 places.

Continuing from their own regional success, Luke Hopkins and Eva Bailey produced strong performances in south Wales.

Hopkins made three finals, finishing sixth in both the 100m and 200m breaststroke.

Bailey came close to matching her PBs in all three races.

Both entered the meet ranked high enough to compete in the Home Nations summer meets in August.

James Young and Finlay Stephenson also did well in their first level one long-course meet.

Club chairman Steve Watson said: “Once again Ledbury swimmers have done themselves and their club proud.

“There was a fabulous team spirit on display over this hectic weekend of racing and the results speak for themselves.

“It’s very satisfying to see our swimmers’ efforts being rewarded.”

The club train at Ledbury Leisure Centre and Malvern College.