Tuesday 24th March 2009 by C. Freeman
Young swimmer Emma Turner met two heroes of the British swimming squad at a recent event. Emma, from Year 7 talked with Liam Tancock, the 50m backstroke world record holder and Caitlin McClatchey, who is a Commonwealth gold medallist. They met when Emma was taking part in a training event at the pool at Loughborough University. She is due to go back there for another educational visit in April.
She said: 'They were really friendly and asked lots of questions about what I wanted to do and told me about the training they did and how they were doing.'
Emma with world title holder, Liam Tancock
Emma has been swimming for seven years and she puts in about eight hours of practice a week at Kettering swimming club. Her favourite stroke is butterfly and she has recently taken part in a county championship where she came ninth in her age group and swam 50m butterfly in 40 seconds, though her personal best is three seconds faster.
She said: 'I swim at county level. I'm aiming for Midland times but haven't got those yet. If you get any further than that you go to Nationals. You do have to be really focussed. My aim is to be at the Olympics, not 2012 because that would be too soon, but eventually.'