Year 11 student's swimming success!

Year 11 student Jemima Hall has had a successful year pursuing her passion for swimming. Jemima’s main swimming event is 100m freestyle, for which she won a silver medal in the 16 year old category at the 2017 Summer National finals. Jemima’s time in this competition qualified her for the Winter National Championship, which was a selection event for the final places in the English Team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, which is to be held in Australia. Following her recent GCSE mock examinations, Jemima headed north to Sheffield and took her place in an open age group field that included many established international swimmers. A personal best heat time of 57.38 seconds secured her a place in the “B” final.  Jemima achieved 7th place in the final, being beaten only by much older university / full-time swimmers. This was an excellent result and provided encouragement to continue with her demanding training schedule. (To put her personal best time into an historical context, in 1974 it would have been a new women’s world record!) Jemima has recently attended an England Talent camp held at Millfield School, where, for 2 days, she worked on skills and race preparation with England coaches and other aspiring young swimmers. Jemima has represented Middlesex, London and East of England Schools in various competitions and, like so many young swimmers, her dream is to earn a place at the Olympics.

Well done to Jemima on her achievements to date! We wish her continued success, and hope that she achieves her dream to swim in a future Olympic Games.