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Andrew Bree makes unexpected splash for one night only

By David Kelly

Andrew Bree will make a surprise comeback for one night only when he competes for Ards at the annual War Memorial gala at the Laganvalley Leisureplex.

The 33-year-old European silver medallist and double Olympian has not competed since 2012 when he retired after missing out on qualification for the London Olympics, but he is relishing one more "splash and dash".

Bree said: "Ards needed some help with the men's relay so I offered to do a leg of the 6x50m relay. It's always a great race and the club has done well in the relays over the years. It'll be fun to be back competing one more time."

Ards coach Nelson Lindsay is certainly pleased to have Ireland's greatest ever swimmer back, even if he is not at the standard which saw him compete in four Commonwealth Games.

"It's great to have Andrew back. We've won the freestyle and medley men's relays for many years but now we go in as the underdogs as Bangor have strengthened their squad with a top Scottish guy who is faster than anyone in Ireland and they also have David Thompson who, while he trains at Loughborough University, has joined Bangor," said Lindsay.

"So we know we need a bit of luck to win the 6x50m free relay. Having Andrew back is a big boost, just having him around the club is great. He comes and trains on Sunday nights and helps out the kids. His skills understanding, technical work is second to none.

"It's great to have Steven McQuillan back as well. In my opinion he stopped swimming too early anyway. Having the two guys back helps, but we know Bangor are the favourites."

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