Dedicated Romford swimmer hopes to show Sheffield steel
PUBLISHED: 15:00 15 November 2013
Hall Mead pupil Amy Marren is putting in the hard work and hopes to be rewarded at the DSE short course national championships next weekend in Sheffield.
The Romford Town swimmer set a new individual medley record of 2 minutes 33.95 seconds and claimed four gold medals in the S9 category at the IPC World Swimming Championships in Montreal, Canada in August.
Now back in England, the 15-year-old is putting in the hard graft – almost 55 kilometres a week in just nine sessions – in preparation for Sheffield.
The teenager became the second fastest swimmer of all time earlier this year, in the 200m individual medley in the S9 category at the British International Disability Swimming Championships in Sheffield. Her record-breaking results have led to her winning funding from sporting charity and sponsors of London’s Disability Swimming Club (LDSC) in Tower Hamlets, the GLL Sport Foundation (GSF).
That includes a training membership for Mile End Park Leisure Centre, where the club trains on a regular basis.
“It has been a brilliant year so far and I’ve really enjoyed my racing,” said Marren, who trains with LDSC at Mile End on a monthly basis.
“After the Worlds, my goals are now to train hard, keep healthy and maintain my fitness ahead of the championships in Sheffield. My motivation is to be the best I can at my sport and always aim high.”
And despite her success on the international stage, she continues to keep up with her studies, while her friends also treat her like any other typical teenager.
“My friends treat me no differently,” she added. “Balancing school life and training is hard, but I have a very good work ethic which works for me.
“Having people in the GB team around my own age going through the same things is fantastic because you can talk to them. It helps all of us.”
Marren was born without her right hand and admits seeing Ellie Simmonds do so well in the sport at such a young age was a real inspiration for her.
“I saw Ellie Simmonds on television win gold aged 13 and she helped me to believe it was possible,” said Marren.
To win funding for training, travel and equipment, Marren had to demonstrate that she lives, is in education or is affiliated to a sports club in a nominated borough or district where GLL or its partners operate.
■ Further details of regions supported and how to apply can be found via the GLL Sport Foundation website at www.gllsportfoundation.org.