SOUTH Petherton international swimmer Caroline Faithfull has returned from the Open European Swimming DSISO Championships in Sardinia, Italy, with a host of medals.

As captain of the GB team, Faithfull led 31 swimmers to the top of the overall points table in the DSISO (Down’s Syndrome International Swimming Organisation), week-long event.

On a personal level, 25-year-old Faithfull brought back silver medals in the 100m and 800m freestyle and 200m backstroke.

She was also part of the relay teams, winning five silvers and a gold (won in a new European record time), plus six age group medals as the GB team came top of the table.

Success in Sardinia continued an excellent 2019 for Faithfull, who starred at the European Downs Syndrome Open Swimming Competition in Southampton in April.

On that occasion, she came back with two gold and four silver medals, getting PBs in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke.

Faithfull is also a previous recipient of a Mayor’s Award from the Mayor of Yeovil, which she picked up in May 2018, shortly before winning the nation over during a successful appearance on Channel 4’s ‘The Undateables’.

Faithfull will now be training hard for the next event which will be held in Turkey in April.