Pears claims gold treble for Team GB

By Danny Caro, July 7, 2011

Trevor Pears added to Team GB's growing medal haul with three golds in the swimming competition on day two of the European Maccabi Games in Vienna.

Taking part in his first European Maccabi Games, Pears, 47, won the 50m fly, 100m freestroke and 200m freestroke.

Pears, the Chief Executive of the Pears Foundation, returned to the sport after a 15-year sabbatical. He warmed up for the EMG by taking part in the Middlesex Masters.

Looking back on a dream debut, Pears said: "I wasn't expecting to win, especially in 100-degree temperatures poolside.

"I'm loving every minute of being part of the team.

"I'm very proud of being Jewish and being British."

The only GB Open swimmer in the delegation, Pears said: "It's important we're here and it's great to be in Vienna."

Pears was a county swimmer in his teens but stopped aged 17. He now swims an hour a day, every day and is a member of the Swiss Cottage Swimming Club.

He is scheduled to participate in the 50m freestyle tomorrow.

There was also success in the pool for Hollie Fisher and Naomi Ayrton.



Last updated: 4:28pm, July 8 2011