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Mecurial Marren’s now on for Euro vision

09:00 13 May 2014

Amy Marren has been selected for the Para-Swimming European Championships in EIndhoven later this year.

Amy Marren has been selected for the Para-Swimming European Championships in EIndhoven later this year.

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Swimming sensation Amy Marren continues to take the pool by storm, and the Romford Town youngster has even higher hopes having earned selection for the European Championships in Eindhoven, Holland in August.

The Hall Mead pupil – a four-time world champion in Canada last year – achieved a European qualifying time of one minute 4.64 seconds in the 100m freestyle qualifying rounds of the British Para-Swimming meeting at Glasgow recently, before making the finals – and further improving her time to 1.03.90.

And to get those qualifying times at the earliest possible opportunity was a massive relief for the 15-year-old, even though she was disappointed to not lower her time even further.

“I was pleased to get it out of the way at the very first opportunity, because that relieves the pressure,” said Marren.

“That put me in a good place and though I was slightly disappointed by the times in the final, where I thought I could have gone lower than what I did, I can’t be too disappointed.”

Marren was told to expect, along with other squad members, a tough meeting in Germany the following weekend, having just come off the back of the Glasgow event.

But she went on to smash all expectations in Berlin as she set four British records and a new world record of five minutes, 23.91 seconds in the 400m individual medley.

Marren had hoped for some good times, but these surpassed her own expectations.

“It’s another great experience and some of us were very tired and told to expect the meeting would push us to our limit,” she added.

“But in my eyes it couldn’t have gone any better and to get the world record is a great feeling, but there is still plenty to work on.”

Marren is a star of the pool now, and before when the likes of Ellie Simmonds were people to aspire to, she is now rubbing shoulders with the greatest Paralympians.

Simmonds made a point of praising the Hornchurch youngster when the squad was announced, and Marren admits it was a great feeling.

“It’s a huge honour to receive praise from someone as great as Ellie,” she added.

“She’s been great since the first day I met her and she was someone I will always look up to for what she has achieved in the sport.”

Between now and August there are plenty of meetings for the Romford Town swimmer to hone her skills further as she attempts to take on seven events over the four-day meet in Holland.

And for Marren, that means there are plenty of exciting times ahead.

“The Europeans are a long way off, but there are plenty of opportunities in able-bodied and disabled meetings for me to progress,” she said.

“I’ll continue to put in the work with my coach and we know there is a still a lot to improve on. There is plenty of time to put the finishing touches and hopefully there will be more success.”

Amy Marren is part of the British Gas GBR Para-Swimming team. She is supporting British Gas SwimBritain this summer, a campaign to create a healthier nation and get more people swimming more regularly. To find out more about venues and register your interest, go to swimbritain.co.uk

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