Fenside Fish is in the medals

Connor Boyfield.
Connor Boyfield.

Connor Boyfield returned from the East Midlands Para-Swimming Championships with a six-medal haul.

The 16-year-old - nicknamed the Fenside Fish - claimed gold medals in the 50m fly and the 50m breaststroke in the 25m pool.

And if that wasn’t enough, Connor claimed silvers in the 100m fly, 100m breaststroke, 100m freestyle and 50m freestyle to ensure that he finished in the top two positions in each of the six events he contested.

“It was a really good feeling, especially to get a medal in every race I took part in,” said Connor, reflecting on his success at the University of Nottingham.

“I didn’t use to be competitive, but now I am.

“There’s no point training unless you want to win every race, it’s more fun for me than sitting at home playing XBox.”

Connor, from Fenside Road, Boston, has only been swimming competitively for two years.

But those 5am alarms are paying off for the Boston Amateur Swimming Club member.

And after being designated as an S9 athlete, Connor can now set his sights on competing at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Queensland and the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

“Being at those events would be a dream come true for me,” added Connor, who currently stands close to 6ft 5ins, and has been told to expect to keep on growing.

“I’d like to get a medal, but being there is my first aim.”

The next major event for Connor will be the West Midlands Championships in Rugby on October 24.

Connor’s success has been aided by sponsorship from Acorn Taxis and Calders and Grandidge, as well as a a number of other Boston-area businesses.

And neighbours on the Fenside estate have also clubbed in to help raise funds to ensure he can compete at events across the country.