SWIM Bournemouth’s new head coach Matt Heathcock says he is excited about the future after watching a medal-fest by his young charges at Littledown.

While Poole dominated the senior events at the Swim Bournemouth Level 2 Open Meet to win top swimmer and visiting club awards, the host club reeled in the medals in the younger age groups.

Thirteen SB youngsters struck gold 41 times between them with the nine and 10-year-olds achieving a podium clean sweep 13 times.

Heathcock, attending his first open meet since joining the club from top London outfit Camden Swiss Cottage, said: “It was great to watch so many talented age group swimmers.

“It gives us a strong base to build on. I’m excited for the journey ahead.”

Jamie Workman led the charge with a dozen medals in the 10yrs events including gold in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle, 50m and 100m butterfly, 100m breaststroke, 200m backstroke and 100m and 200m individual medley (IM).

Freddie Hodgetts almost matched Workman’s tally with nine golds and a silver in the 9yrs age group, including wins in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle, 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, 50m and 100m butterfly and 100m IM.

Halle Harris led for the girls with 50m victories on all four strokes as well as the 9yrs 100m and 200m freestyle, 200m backstroke and 200m IM.

Double winners were Eva Hourigan in the 10yrs 50m and 100m breaststroke, Zia Goundouin in the 9yrs 100m backstroke and 100m IM and Matthew Workman in the 11-12yrs 50m freestyle and 100m IM.

Gold also went to Ollie Crowe (9yrs 200m IM), Amy Brown (13-14yrs 200m breast), Max Weeks (15/o 50m free), Sam Chamberlain (10yrs 200m breast), Polly Ghandour (9yrs 100m breast) and Cameron Wilcocks (9yrs 200m fly).

Swim Bournemouth member Georgina Hawkins, swimming for Millfield, won a hat-trick of gold medals in the 10yrs 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle.

Poole captains Jacob Peters and Thea O’Keefe collected the top visiting club trophy while team-mates Ollie Fairman and Jazz McCrea were the meet’s top swimmers.

Commonwealth Games hopeful Peters contributed five golds to Poole’s 97-medal tally, setting a Dorset record of 24.49 in the 50m butterfly as well as four club records.

McCrea equalled club-mate Fiona Hardie’s Dorset senior record with 1:00.74 in the 100m butterfly as well as four club records on her way to gold in the 15/o 50m and 100m freestyle and fly.

Four golds apiece went to Fairman, 14, in the 100m and 200m backstroke, 400m freestyle and 400m IM and Kelvin Wong in the 15/o 50m and 100m breaststroke and 100m and 200m IM.

Jess Richens’s trio of golds came in the 15/o 50m and 100m breaststroke and 200m butterfly.

Two golds each went to O’Keefe (15/o 200m and 400m free), Matt Collins (15/o 50m and 100m back), Sheila Monera (11-12yrs 50m fly and free), Carter Stuhlmacher (11-12yrs 100m and 200m free) and one each to Alan Szczasiuk (13-14yrs 100m IM), Henry Bramwell-reeks (15/o 200m back), Luca Sartorius (50m breast), Gray Omosevwherha (13-14yrs 200m fly) and Mae Phillips (10yrs 50m fly).

Poole’s medal tally comprised 33 gold, 36 silver and 29 bronze.