Burnley swimmer’s test against the best

Katie is pictured with Bobcats head coach Michael Robinson
Katie is pictured with Bobcats head coach Michael Robinson

BURNLEY Bobcat Katie Rilett-Young was in the medals as she went up against BBC Sports Personality of the Year contender and London 2012 gold medalist Ellie Simmons at the National Open Disability Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

Katie, 14, who trains with the Burnley Bobcats Squad seven times a week, certainly showed off her talent in five individual events, and she was rewarded with gold, silver and bronze medals and new personal best times in all the events she competed in.

Katie gained a gold medal in the 50m freestyle, silver in the 100m breaststroke and bronze medals in the 400m freestyle and 100 IM events.

In the 100m freestyle event she gained a personal best time, and was placed in fourth position to Paralympians Simmonds, Natalie Jones and Liz Johnston, who claimed the medals.

As well as her individual success, Katie was chosen to swim as part of the North West 4x100m freestyle team and helped them into bronze medal position.

She also achieved times which qualified her for the Home Nations/ Regional Talent Programme.

Head Coach, Michael Robinson said of Katie: “This was an excellent performance.

“All the hard training and commitment is certainly paying off.”

Katie is now back in training and focused on her next competition, the Welsh Open Long Course Championships in Swansea in mid-December, where her competitors will be from some of the top disability swimmers in the country and abroad, and will also include Paralympians from London 2012.

In August 2013, Katie aims to attend the World Dwarf Games, which are being held in Michigan, USA.

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