We have an international gold medallist in our midst!

Representing Walthamstow Hall, the quietly-spoken yet fiercely competitive Imogen in Year 9 flew to Brazil in August for the International Sports Federation U15 Games Рand won the 200m Breaststroke. She also won Silver in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke events.

Imogen says competing in Rio was a fantastic experience: “It was more exciting and it felt a bit more special than just normal competitions.”

The English Schools Swimming Association (ESSA) had selected Imogen to join the 30-strong squad travelling to Rio, comprising para and able-bodied swimmers.

The World School Sport Games aim to promote cultural exchange so the squad spent time with athletes from other countries, enjoying the Opening Ceremony, a cultural evening and a visit to Copacabana Beach.

Imogen also swam in the 4 x 100m Girls medley heats, helping England win a place in the finals where they won Gold. Of her own Gold medal, Imogen says “Winning was amazing, it felt so good!”

However, Imogen cites two races earlier this summer as her greatest swimming achievements so far. Competing at the British Summer Championships in Sheffield in July, Imogen won both the 100m and 200m Breaststroke events.

Wally Hall’s Head Swimming Coach, Mr Richard Smith described Imogen’s success in the pool as “outstanding”. Imogen’s mother, Mrs Myles praised Mr Smith himself, saying “none of this would have been possible without Mr Smith’s coaching and assistance over the last few years”.

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