Two Truro High swimmers selected to compete at national level
Sixth Former Hannah and Year 8 Katie have been selected to represent Cornwall at the Swim England National County Team Championships this October.
Even more impressive, it is the third year running that 16-year-old Hannah has been selected to fly the flag for her county at this prestigious sporting event.
It’s Katie’s first ever county call-up and she will find out at her next training session this weekend what race she will compete in.
She said: “I couldn’t believe it when I found out! I’m looking forward to it so much.”
Equally excited is Hannah, who will be fighting it out against the UK’s top swimmers in the 16/17 Years 100m Breaststroke. Hannah’s call-up came after she was ranked 1st in the county in the 100m Breaststroke for her age group.
Her impressive time of 1 minute 17 seconds is the fastest achieved in Cornwall this year by some margin.
Hannah said: “I can’t wait. The atmosphere last year was amazing. Everyone was honking horns and waving flags, it’s so much fun. I really hope that I get selected again next year.”
The championships are well-known for being a vibrant competitive event which sees more than 900 swimmers compete from over 40 counties in Sheffield every year.
It’s an especially busy time for Hannah who has also just passed her surf lifeguard qualification training with flying colours.
The girls are now busy preparing to compete on the national stage training for nearly 2 hours up to 6 times a week. They currently swim for Truro SC and Newquay Cormorants and balance this rigorous training schedule with their studies. Katie also trains with Cornwall’s leading swim coaches as part of the Truro High swim squad.
There have been many celebrations for the squad this September including Prep 5 Florence, Prep 5 Naomi, Year 7 Jessica and Year 7 Imogen sweeping the honours board at the latest National Surf Lifesaving Nipper Championships.