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Karnell Nunes-Smith – Double Gold Medallist

We’re super proud of 19-year-old Karnell Nunes-Smith from Oldbury who won two gold medals at the Swim England West Midlands Regional Winter Championships in November.

The medals were in the 16-and-over 50m and 100m Breaststroke events, in which he set two personal bests, attaining times of 27.22 and 1:00.71.

Karnell said: “It was great competing at Sandwell Aquatics Centre, as it’s my local pool. The atmosphere was amazing, and I can’t wait to go back there and compete again.”

Karnell receives funding from Sandwell’s Gifted and Talented programme, an initiative which supports aspiring sportspeople who live in the borough and show promise on a regional, national and international scale.

Find out more about the Gifted and Talented scheme on our website.

His recent successful run saw him finish the long-course season ranked as number one in the West Midlands for 50m Breaststroke. He was ranked 8th overall in England.

Karnell also qualified for the finals of both the British Swimming Championships in April and the British Summer National Championships in July, as well as breaking two national records at the national ESSA Inter-Divisional Championships, where he represented the West Midlands.

Well done and a good luck for the Swim England National Winter Championships in Sheffield on 14-17 December.