Commonwealth Congratulations!

Commonwealth Congratulations!

A massive congratulations to swimmers David Cumberlidge and Emily Large who have been selected as part of Team England to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Australia in April.

Both Emily and David swam with Active Northumberland in their younger years - David at Wentworth Sports Centre and Emily at Ponteland Leisure Centre - and it is fantastic to see them progress and reach such an outstanding level.

Tynedale swimmer David, 21, a student at Edinburgh University will make his senior international debut on the Gold Coast after rising quickly through the ranks, smashing  through the qualification times and impressing selectors.

Newcastle swimmer Emily Large won gold at the 2017 World Junior Championships in the Women’s 200m Butterfly held in Indianapolis, Indiana USA.

Mark Seymour, head of swimming at Active Northumberland who coached David in his early years said:

“ David has been a member of the Tynedale Swimming Club since the age of eight, and while the bulk of his training is now done in Edinburgh, when he is home from university he still comes along to the pool at Wentworth to train.

“  It is fantastic that a local lad has reached this level and I hope he inspires others by showing what can be achieved with hard work and determination. I hope too that Active Northumberland has played some small part in putting David on the path to success by teaching him all the early skills needed to develop as a swimmer. ”

Northumberland county Councillor Cath Homer, cabinet member with responsibility for leisure said:

“ I was thrilled to hear that both Emily and David made it into Team England. It is an amazing achievement for these talented young swimmers and I wish them both every success in April.”

Active Northumberland is currently piloting a Take The Plunge pilot swim scheme to improve the customer experience for swimmers with additional classes, swimming support and new marketing campaigns to increase awareness of the county’s top quality facilities.

The Take The Plunge pilot scheme is being funded by Sport England to encourage more people, especially adults to get swimming.

To find out more about activities taking place at your local leisure centre, visit or ring 01670  620 200.

20 Feb 2018