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20 October 2011 / HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMER STARTS NEW SEASON IN STYLE

Although only 14 years old, Holly was selected to swim in four events in the under16s age group. Four is the maximum number one swimmer is allowed to do. Her selection was based on national rankings.

The competition, held in Sheffield, was the first of many Holly will now be training hard to contest before Christmas although the main swimming season does not begin in earnest until March.

Holly said: "I had a really good season last year finishing first overall in the South West Age Group Regional Sprint Championships after winning the individual medley, coming second in the 50m freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke, and seventh in the 50m butterfly; four of those five swims were personal best times.

"I've had a rest over the summer but I'm back to a fairly rigorous training programme swimming three or four mornings and six evenings a week, backed up with gym sessions and a daily core fitness programme."

Holly has already been selected to swim for Truro City Swim Club's senior team in a prestigious Open Meet in Jersey next weekend when she will swim in around 12 events over three days. She will be one of the youngest members of the Truro team.

Following that competition will be an Open Meet at Bodmin and the National Arena League Championships, both in November, then the ASA South West Regional Short Course Championships held at Millfield, Somerset, in December.

Holly's mum, Jane Abrahams, said: "Holly's sport takes serious discipline and commitment both in and out of the water. Her fitness programme is backed up with a fairly "tight" and serious diet, early bedtimes, and lots of exercise - it is not for the faint hearted and its certainly difficult for a teenage girl whose friends are all out having fun at the weekends. Homework and swimming are all that is on Holly's agenda!

"The staff at Truro High School are extremely good at supporting and encouraging Holly not just academically but also by providing her with breakfast and extra training time in the school pool when she needs it. We are very lucky!"

Former Olympian and Headmistress of Truro High School, Caroline Pascoe, said: "Holly is a lovely girl with so much talent and such a positive attitude. Her competition results last year were outstanding and we are delighted to provide all the support we can to help her build on that success."

Ends 20 October 2011

Photo: Holly Abrahams in the pool and with her sprint competition trophy

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