GOLDEN boy Matthew Workman led Swim Bournemouth to the top club award at the City of Southampton Summer Splash Open Meet.

The 12-year-old’s eight golds topped a trophy-winning tally of 51 medals for the club’s 26 swimmers at the level three meet.

All-rounder Workman used all four competitive strokes for his victories, which came in the 11-12yrs 50m and 200m freestyle, 50m and 100m backstroke, 50m and 100m butterfly, 50m breaststroke and 100m individual medley.

Younger brother Jamie Workman made seven trips to the podium as he triumphed in the 9-10yrs 50m and 100m butterfly and 100m IM, silver in the 50m and 100m breaststroke and 50m freestyle and bronze in the 200m freestyle.

Five others also struck gold.

In the 9-10yrs age group, Freddie Hodgetts won one gold, two silver and one bronze in his first open meet for the club, Halle Harris banked one gold, one silver and two bronze and Mia Dalkin earned a medal of each colour.

Ajay Coombes won a gold, two silver and two bronze in the 13-14 age group while Luca Parkes collected a medal of each colour in the 11-12yrs category.

Other medallists were Matthew Lanning (two silver, one bronze), Elizabeth Dawson, John Mouskis, Jessica Larner (one silver, one bronze), Zia Gondoun, Jayden Coombes, Gabriel Petrov, Sam Loughlin (one silver), Amelia Reynolds (two bronze) and Charlotte Piper (one bronze).

Swim Bournemouth assistant head coach Sam Woodward said: “We love this meet. It’s a short, sharp one-day meet for our age groupers to finish the season on a high. Their performances were outstanding.”

Ella Bowman and Callum McGregor led the way with podium places each as Swim Bournemouth reeled in more than two dozen medals at the Portsmouth Northsea End of Season Meet.

Bowman collected gold in the 50m butterfly and 200m IM and silver in the 50m breaststroke, 100m fly and 200m freestyle.

McGregor won gold in the 50m breaststroke, silver in the 100m breaststroke and bronze in the 100m butterfly and 100m and 200m freestyle.

Freya Waddington-Barton’s four medals included at least one of each colour as she finished first in the 200m freestyle and 200m backstroke, second in the 50m breaststroke and third in the 200m IM.

Gold also went to Fran Gallimore (50m backstroke), Jessica Larner (50m freestyle), Kath Baker (200m IM), Kelvin Wong (100m breaststroke), Harriet Fish (400m freestyle) and Drew McGregor (100m butterfly).

Kayla van der Merwe and Jay Lelliott both won bronze to kick off Dorset’s medal charge on day one of the British Summer Championship.

Bournemouth Collegiate School pupil van der Merwe was third in the 15yrs 50m breaststroke in Sheffield, while Lelliott (Bath Uni and Swim Bournemouth) was third in the men’s 400m freestyle.