Marren happy to play her part

17:00 04 September 2014

Paralympic swimmers Susie Rogers and Amy Marren at the Aquatics Centre (pic courtesy of OnEdition)

Paralympic swimmers Susie Rogers and Amy Marren at the Aquatics Centre (pic courtesy of OnEdition)

Mikael Buck

Swimmer competes on National Paralympic Day

Hornchurch’s Amy Marren admitted returning to the scene of London 2012 for National Paralympic Day was the perfect way to kickstart a busy season.

Marren travelled to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday to take part in a Great Britain versus Europe match and it was the first time the London Aquatics Centre had hosted international swimming since the 2012 Paralympics.

And Romford Town’s Marren made the most of the opportunity, racing in no fewer than eight events.

The 16-year-old’s best result saw her claim victory in the mixed classification 200m individual medley, while she also took four second-place finishes and third in the 100m butterfly.

With the IPC World Championships taking place in Glasgow next July, not to mention the Rio 2016 Paralympics the year after, Marren relished the hard work out.

“It’s a bit strange getting back into the pool, it’s very, very early season. This is the first time we’ve touched the water in three weeks,” she said.

“I’m not really looking towards the times, I’m glad I just made it to the end of the day.

“It’s great being back in the pool. I was fortunate to come back here for a regional competition with able-bodied swimmers and the atmosphere here is so much better.

“The World Championships are in Glasgow next year so it will be just getting back into training and keeping working towards where I want to be.

“We are two years out from Rio so it’s getting exciting. This is my first full Paralympics cycle. It’s all a new learning curve everything that I’m doing.”

Swimming was one of four sports contested at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as part of the day’s celebrations with boccia, goalball and wheelchair basketball taking place in the Copper Box Arena.

And with events also taking place in Birmingham and Liverpool in order to celebrate and promote disability sport, Marren was proud to have played her part.

“I’m really glad the crowd is getting behind us and I’m really surprised with how many people turned up,” she added.

“It’s not the Paralympics, but it means the Paralympics is still out there two years on.

“It’s a lot of fun and that’s what this event is about, going out and enjoying it and more importantly, raising awareness for Paralympic sport.”

n National Paralympic Day aims to promote Paralympic sport across the UK, giving people the opportunity to relive the wonder of 2012 and to support Paralympic sports and athletes.

#NPD2014 is supported by the Spirit of 2012 Trust. Visit


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Sport Stories

Dagenham manager Wayne Burnett and Jamie Cureton (pic: David Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Dagenham & Redbridge striker aims to hush Huish Park

Marshalls Park's year seven boys progressed in the Essex Cup

Essex Cup: Palmer Catholic Academy 2 Marshalls Park 5

Local clubs are battling it out in the FA Youth Cup (pic: Andrew Matthews/PA)

Youngsters progress to third qualifying round

London Raiders forward Seb Downing celebrates his first goal for the club (pic: John Scott)

Downing delighted with life in London

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Bridge Avenue boss dreaming of reaching the first round of the FA Cup

Romford manager Paul Martin (left) and Alex Goldstone (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Boro come up against Jack Barry and Thamesmead this weekend

Romford & Gidea Park's Steve Barfoot (centre) in action last season, but he isn't expected to take to the field this year (pic: DNR Glover).

Poor first half display cost Park more points against Norwich

Hornchurch celebrate their second goal against Barkingside (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Bridge Avenue boss pleased with form and about bringing midfielder Connor Witherspoon to club

Most read sport

News from your area


Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.


You'll be stocked up on toiletries  for a while!

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more.

You could be splashing the cash at Topshop!

Just imagine what you could do with £1,000 to spend at Topshop.

Digital Edition

Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder