YOUNG swimmers from Thirsk completed their last year as members of the East Coast League as champions.

The league sees teams from across the North-East compete against each other throughout the year.

At the final gala in Bridlington, the Thirsk White Horse Swim Team came away as league champions.

Two of the youngest swimmers in the team, Claudine Wivell and Penny Bush, pulled off outstanding performances in separate events.

Claudine helped her relay team to victory despite starting nearly 15 metres behind the other competitors.

Penny took bronze in her butterfly event, which saw her compete against people up to two years older.

Individual gold medals also went to Helen Goacher, Adam Wood and Tom Wilkinson.

Team manager Sue Chamberlain said: "I would like to congratulate the whole team for their effort in the league over the past 12 months. Their hard work has really paid off and I hope that it will continue for us in other events."

The team trains daily at Thirsk Pool. For more information call (01845) 522447.