Student comes fourth in English Nationals

A Pool Academy student once dubbed one of the fastest breaststroke swimmers in Cornwall wowed judges at the English Nationals recently.

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Amelia, Year 9, came 4th after taking part in the English Nationals during the summer holidays. This win also means she is now first in the South West.

The secondary school student is well known for her swimming abilities, particularly breaststroke.

She has now set her sights on trying to win the British Nationals next year.

Amelia said: “The English Nationals took place in Sheffield in August. I went to the competition in 12th place and came out fourth.

“I am proud of myself for doing so well, it was a tough competition.”

Amelia swam against people of her own age during the event.

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A spokesperson from her club wrote Amelia ‘coped well’ with nerves and ‘gave exceptional performances’. It went on to say: “Amelia swimming the 200 breaststroke produced a personal best to make it through the finals and then produce a massive PB of 4.43 seconds to finish 4th place. A terrific swim for a debut with a time that rewarded her with a position in the top 10 of the British age group rankings, and just a shade off the all-time Junior County Record of Under 16s.”

Amelia revealed she is continuing her training sessions every Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays at Carn Brea Leisure Centre.

She said: “I am happy to have got to the English Nationals. Next year I want to get to the British Nationals.”

Last year Amelia was given the title of fastest woman swimmer in Cornwall after swimming the 200 metre breast stroke in two minutes and 48 seconds and recording a new County record.

Christiana Richardson