Fourteen-year-old, Albany Academy student, Elizabeth Woodcock is a star of the future. British Swimming has been renowned for having top female athletes including Rebecca Adlington and Sharon Davies and Elizabeth is hoping to emulate their achievements in the pool.
Elizabeth, who is a member of Preston and Chorley Swimming club’s trains eight times a week including having to get up at 3.45am to train before going to school. The talented swimmer has recently competed against swimmers from across the world in her age group at a gala in Edinburgh and will now be heading to Hatfield, 20 miles north of London to compete at another swimming Gala held in June. The two-day competition will be a chance for Elizabeth to try and achieve a qualifying time for the British Championships and will also provide her with the opportunity to train with other top swimmers from across the country.
Elizabeth specialises in the 50m and 100m front crawl and is optimistic of performing well at the forthcoming gala. Elizabeth said, “I really enjoy swimming and competing, I hope to go to the next competition and enjoy myself. If I can achieve good times I will be happy and am aiming to try and get in the medal positions.”
Mr Mayland, Headteacher at Albany Academy, added, “Elizabeth demonstrates a real commitment and dedication to her swimming. We see this type of passion every day in our talented students, but the sacrifices Elizabeth has to make are rare and it’s wonderful for her that her achievements are being recognised. We’ve all got our fingers crossed for her success in Hatfield”.