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Toby wins a gold and a silver medal at a swimming tournament in Dubai

In the middle of October 2011, Toby represented Al Ain at a swimming tournament in Dubai and swam in 2 races. He won the first race and came second in the other. He wasn’t in full health at the time. The boy who won the second race beat Toby with a time that Toby has topped in training.

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Toby wins the race…

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A close-up of the above shot…

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Toby gets his Gold medal…

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Our friend Fern took this photo of me while his son Ben, 10, was on the podium after winning one of his races…

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Here’s Toby with Ben, snacking on their medals (racing was hungry work)…

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Here’s some of the photos we have of the second race Toby was in…

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Max, the boy to Toby’s right, was slightly in the lead at this point…

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Max extends his lead…

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Toby came second…

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Terrific job by Toby. Catherine, Felix and I had a lovely day watching him compete.

(Thanks to Fern for taking these amazing photos!)

The results were posted up on a noticeboard. Toby is referred to as Touby John! 🙂 …

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