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Sharks honoured by presence of founder member

PUBLISHED: 17:10 23 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:43 05 October 2010

YOUNG swimmers from the Bethnal Green Sharks produced a series of impressive displays at the club s 400m freestyle championships last week - but it was one of the Sharks oldest members who took centre stage. Albert Johns, 86, was one of the founder membe

YOUNG swimmers from the Bethnal Green Sharks produced a series of impressive displays at the club's 400m freestyle championships last week - but it was one of the Sharks' oldest members who took centre stage.

Albert Johns, 86, was one of the founder members of the Bethnal Green club and attended the York Hall meeting as a special guest to present medals to the winning swimmers.

Archives at the Bancroft Road library show that the swimming club was first formed in 1932 and reformed later on 12 October 1962 with a small advertisement in the Advertiser headlined "New swimming club for Bethnal Green", which invited the borough's young residents to join.

Mr Johns and his daughter Carol led the queue of almost 70 people eager to sign up and he has remained an avid follower of the Sharks ever since.

In the club championships, Zack Campbell-Martin (pictured) caught the eye in winning the boys' Under-10s race in a new club record time, while Elizabeth Ingrey won the girls' race.

Leo Sapiano took gold in the boys' Under-12s event and Joe Cronin came home first in the Under-14s competition, with Annabelle Palmer and Sophie Kussan winning the corresponding girls' races.

Keiran George Conneely and India Kelly won the Under-16s event for boys and girls respectively while Peter Dixon won the men's open and Sophie Kussan claimed first place in the women's open.

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