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September 2010

Truro City Masters Swimmer Strikes Gold in South Korea ...

Truro City masters swimmer Sam Morris has recsntly returned to the UK from the World Firefighter Games with 14 gold medals. The competition held in South Korea saw Sam also break eight county records, three fire service records and nine personal bests during the gold run of form.

Ms Morris, who is based at Newquay fire station competed at the 11th World Firefighter Games were held in Daegu, South Korea along with firefighters from all over the world. Competing in 75 events from 'toughest firefighter alive' to swimming and running.

Ms Morris said: "The medals are a great achievement for the UK team as we all did really well and it looks great, but, personally, it was about swimming the best I could and I would have been happy with my times and no medals. I love competing in swimming and winning medals is just part of it".

"There are a lot more female firefighters nationally now so it's great and we have some great women in the service who did really well in the games for the UK, it wasn't just me who came home with medals."

Ms Morris was part of the UK swimming team of seven people who competed in 28 events over four days. The team produced a massive medal haul of 82 medals – 58 gold, 19 silver and five bronze.

Ms Morris took a clean sweep of gold medals in all her individual events. She said a particularly proud moment was winning gold in her first open water event.

She added: "My next challenge is to keep training and competing in the pool as it is what I enjoy and have always done. I will definitely have a go at another open water event as it was my first one in Korea and I really enjoyed it.

Sam has been sponsored by Richfords Fire and Flood and would like to thank them for their help. Also a big thanks to Truro City Swimming club coach Nick Deards for all the well planned training sessions.

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