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Plymouth swimmer becomes European champion

Plymouth Leander's newest star brought home a gold and silver medal at the Short Course Championships in Israel.

The swimmer helped the Dutch team storm to victory in the 200m Medley Relay where she swam an impressive 29.27 second breaststroke leg - breaking the previous European Senior Record.

She also took silver in the 100m breaststroke individual final, and came painfully close to a medal, finishing in fourth, in the 50m final.

Leander coach Jon Rudd was invited to work alongside Nijhuis on the Netherlands team to assist her over the five days of competition against Europe’s best.

At the same time a further young hopeful from the club was representing Great Britain at the Ontario International Meet in Canada.

Laura Stephens was rewarded with three silver medals in the 50m, 100m, and 200m Butterfly finals.

Plymouth swimmer wins silver in Russia

Plymouth teenager Ruta Meilutyte, who's from Lithuania competing at the World Championships in Kazan Credit: Giuliano Bevilacqua/ABACAPRESS.COM

Plymouth Leander swimmer Ruta Meilutyte has taken a silver medal at the World Championships in Kazan.

The talented teenager and Olympic Gold Medallist, who attends Plymouth College, was just short of her best in the 100m breaststroke final.

Swimmer relieved medals weren't stolen in raid

Plymouth's Ben Proud with one of the gold medals he won at Glasgow 2014 Credit: PA

Plymouth swimmer Ben Proud, a double gold medallist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, was burgled over the Christmas break but is relieved that the thief or thieves did not steal his medals.

The 20-year-old was away visiting family in London with his brother Oliver when their flat in Devonport was raided over Christmas. They made the discovery when they returned home on Saturday.

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Riverside Leisure Centre pools closed today

The pools at Riverside Leisure Centre are closed today Credit: ITV News

The main pool and learner pool at Riverside Leisure Centre in Exeter will remain closed today (Friday 7 November) as the water temperature heats up following essential maintenance yesterday.

It is hoped that the pool will be back in operation on Saturday.

In the meantime, swimmers are advised to use Pyramids Leisure Centre or Northbrook Swimming Pool.

Swimming safety initiative launches in Bude today

Credit: PA

A charity has teamed up with the RNLI to encourage people to be safe when swimming as children try to cool off.

The Amateur Swimming Association will be launching a water safety initiative in Bude today after it found that 17% of parents in the South West say their child has got into difficulties in water. This summer they'll be running courses to try to give children confidence when out in open water.

Success for West Country swimmers at Games

There's been early success in the pool for our West Country swimmers at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Plymouth's Ben Proud won his heat in the men's 50metres butterfly to go through to tonight's semi-finals as the fastest qualifier.

Ben Proud is through to the semi-finals at the Commonwealth Games Credit: PA

Exeter's Liam Tancock qualified for the semi-finals of the men's 100metres backstroke with a second-placed finish in his heat.

Liam Tancock finished second in the men's 100m backstroke heat Credit: PA
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