Hornchurch swimmer Amy Marren qualifies for Rio’s Paralympic Games

PUBLISHED: 15:46 16 May 2016 | UPDATED: 15:46 16 May 2016

Romford Town's Amy Marren (pic: Mark Runnacles/PA)

Romford Town's Amy Marren (pic: Mark Runnacles/PA)

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Teenage swimmer Amy Marren, of Hornchurch, will compete in this year’s Paralympic Games in Rio.

The 17-year-old swimmer announced on Twitter today she has successfully made Team GB for this summer’s international contest in Brazil.

After competing at the London 2012 Paralympics aged only 13, Amy will be back in the water determined to go as far as possible.

She was born without her right hand, a quirk of nature which doctors have not been able to explain, but the disability has only driven her to succeed.

She was a four-time world champion in Montreal in 2013, as well as winning two gold and five silver medals at the 2014 Euros in Holland.

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The young athlete, who belongs to Romford Town Swimming Club, was unable to make last year’s world championship in Glasgow because of a health condition but has worked her way back to be among the best.

Her mother Jo told the Recorder: “We are absolutely delighted for Amy.

“She couldn’t have done it without her coach [Gary Rogers]. He believed in her.

“It has been hard but she is back where she should be. The reflection on her face when she qualified said it all. It’s a mind game now,” she added.

Asked whether she will be able to go and support her daughter in Rio, she replied “Who knows...”.

Read more about Amy’s qualification in this week’s Romford Recorder.

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