NAC Swim Club Athlete Kyle Stolk sweeps the board in Freestyle and Butterfly at the Dutch National Age Group Championships
NAC Swim Club athlete, Kyle Stolk won an impressive six gold medals and one silver at the recent Dutch National Age Group Championships in Heerenveen, Holland. The youngster, who trains under triple Paralympic medalist, David Malone at the National Aquatic Centre, took top honours in the 50M, 100M, 200M and 400M Freestyle events as well as the 100M and 200M Butterfly in the 13/14 age group category. He took second spot in the 200M Individual Medley missing out on Gold by just 0.25 secs.
He also knocked over a second off the Dutch National Record in the 200M Freestyle, a feat repeated by former Olympic Champion, Pieter van den Hoogenband at his age. Kyle, who holds joint Dutch and South African citizenship, has been living and training in Ireland for almost three years.
“It was truly an extraordinary performance from Kyle,” comments David Malone, head coach at the NAC Swim Club. “It was great to see him competing so well against some of the best in Europe. While Kyle has been working hard, he is really enjoying his swimming and these results are a testament to his commitment and dedication in the pool.”
The following are Kyle’s results from these short-course championships:
Gold: 50M Freestyle in 25.66 secs
Gold: 100M Freestyle in 55.56
Gold: 200M Freestyle in 1 min 58.97 secs setting a Dutch National Age Group Record.
Gold: 400M Freestyle in 4:19.93
Gold: 100 M Butterfly in 1:01.43 just outside the Dutch National Record (1:00.77) and 2nd fastest in his age group ever
Gold: 200M Butterfly in 2:20.43
Silver: 200M Individual Medley in 2:16.52 just missing out on Gold by 0.25 seconds
Commenting on his performance, Kyle said: “I am really pleased with my results and I would like to thank my coach, Dave Malone for bringing me this far. I had lots of fun at the meet and made good friends. It was a great experience for me. “
Kyle is no stranger to local success. At the 2009 Irish Age Group Championships, he repeated his solid performances with six gold medals in the 100M, 200M and 400M freestyle as well as the 100M, 200M Butterfly and 200M Individual Medley events. He took silver in the 1500M Freestyle. Kyle lives in Hollystown, Co. Dublin and attends St. Peter’s College in Dunboyne, Co. Meath.