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RPA Year 8 student swims for gold in Surrey Championships

posted 20 May 2014, 02:36 by Phil Broughton   [ updated 20 May 2014, 02:39 ]
Tegan with her medals
Year 8 student Tegan's commitment and dedication to her sport has earned her the gold medal in the 50m freestyle competition in the Surrey County Age Group Championships.

Tegan, who trains six times per week, including getting up at 4:30am four mornings a week to train before school, swims for Kingston Royals Swimming Club. Every year, the Surrey County ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) organises their championships. Swimmers in affiliated Surrey swimming clubs have to achieve certain qualifying times in order to swim in these events, which is the first hurdle. This year the championships were held over five weekends in March.

As well as a gold medal, Tegan won four silver medals in the Surrey Championships: 200m freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 100m butterfly and 50m butterfly. And with her fellow swimmers from her swimming club they won a team silver medal in the 4x50m freestyle relay.

Tegan’s mum, comments: “Tegan’s dedication and determination to succeed is an inspiration. She has trained exceptionally hard to qualify for all her age group events. As parents we are very proud of her efforts and resulting achievements. We still find it amazing that she remains so motivated; despite the horribly early morning starts, she never complains and just gets on with it!”

Now Tegan is aiming to qualify for as many events as possible in the London Regional Championships.

Tegan concludes: “I find it difficult to explain why I enjoy swimming so much but it helps to have great team-mates and a fantastic coach.”