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Swimming champ takes bronze in national competitionMay 16th, 2016
Dedication and training has paid off for one determined swimmer who kicked with all her might to win the bronze medal at a national gala.
Eleanor from Inglefield House was just 0.1 of a second away from taking second place in her category at the Independent Association of Prep Schools’ National Swimming Finals in Crawley on Saturday, May 7.
The 10-year-old completed her 25 metres freestyle race in just 15 seconds.
She said: “It was really hard work – my legs were kicking so hard!
“They were so sore that I could hardly walk at the end.
“I was really shocked when I found out I’d come third.
“I felt proud to win my medal. I like to keep it with me all the time.”
Eleanor has enjoyed swimming since she began her school career at Agincourt when she was four.
She started training with Torfaen Dolphins and Monnow Swimming Club two years ago and can be found in the pool five days a week.
“I get up at 5.45am on Saturdays to train until 8.30am,” Eleanor added.
“I feel better when it’s done because I’m up and get much more out of my day.
“All the hard work is worth it.
“I’m in competition with myself all the time. If I get the opportunity, I would love to keep working hard and compete in the Olympics one day.”
Two of Eleanor’s five training days take place at school.
She continued: “Inglefield House has been very supportive of my swimming and always encourages me.
“I feel relaxed in the water, even though I’m training hard.
“I just feel at home when I’m swimming.”