National & International Honours

From 1972 the scene was dominated by three swimmers – Alan Parry, Lesley Stones and Duncan Cleworth.  Apart from winning numerous Lancashire County and Northern Counties trophies they also won and gained National and International Honours.

Alan Parry was the first member of Tyldesley Swimming Club to win a Gold Medal at the National Age Group level.  in 1972 he won the 12/13 years 200m Individual Medley and the following year he was England Schoolboy Champion in the same event.

He set a new ENGLISH SCHOOLS RECORD for the 200m Individual Medley in 1974.

Alan and Lesley Stones were members of the National Youth Squad for 2 seasons.  They toured Switzerland, Luxembourg and Germany in 1974 and took in those 3 countries plus France in 1975.  They were also chosen for the Eight Nations Championships in Rouen, France in 1975.  During that period Alan won 4 Gold, Four Silver and 4 Bronze Medals, whilst Lesley won 1 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze Medal.

In the National Age Groups in 1975 Alan won Bronze Medals in the 200 metres Butterfly and 400 metres Individual Medley, whilst Lesley took a Silver Medal in the 100 metres Freestyle.  During the National Short Course Championships in 1975 Alan won 3 Junior Championships and Lesley took the Silver medals in the Ladies and Junior ladies 200m Backstroke events.

In 1973 Duncan Cleworth was selected to represent England at the Junior International Level in Sweden where he won the Bronze Medal in the 400 metres Freestyle.  He is the holder of the Daily Mirror International Invitation Handicap Trophy which he won in 1974.

Duncan was the Senior National Short Course Individual Medley Champion in 1975, the year in which he created an ALL TIME RECORD, by winning 16 Northern Counties Championships.  He was also the English Schools Senior Individual Medley Champion in the same year.  He holds 2 Gold, 5 Silver and 4 Bronze Medals from various other Championships.

In 1976 he won the National Short Course Individual Medley Championship once again and was chosen to CAPTAIN THE ENGLAND TEAM in the Schools International at Wigan.

He was also a member of the Senior Great Britain team which went to Sweden, France and Russia – he also represented Great Britain in the Coca Cola International, where he achieved the Olympic Games Qualifying Time resulting in his selection for the Great Britain Team in the 400 metres Individual Medley event at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.

Duncan returned from competing in the 1976 Olympic Games on the 2nd August, exactly 100 years after the formation of Tyldesley Swimming Club.

As the club prepared to celebrate its Centenary, Peter Gallagher represented Great Britain against France, Canada and Germany in Bonn where he came 2nd in the 1500 metres Freestyle.