Future Olympians?

Two students from Albany are on the pathway to Olympic success. During August, while the nation was basking in Olympic Glory, the two talented students, Elizabeth Woodcock (Year 10) and Isaac Brennan (Year 9) headed to the International Aquatic Centre in Sheffield to compete at the English national swimming trials.

The competition invited swimmers who were ranked in their discipline in the top 24 in the country to compete. The duo performed superbly and are certainly ones to keep an eye out for in the future. Elizabeth, competed in four events in the U14 age group, which included, 50m Breastroke, Backstroke, 100m Freestyle and achieved her best results in the 50m Freestyle and a bronze medal.

Elizabeth said, “I am so pleased with my performance in the 50m Freestyle. I have ambitions of swimming at the Olympics and it was great to test myself against the best swimmers in the country in my age group. I am now looking forward to the winter nationals and hope I can continue to improve.”

Isaac competed in the 100m Breastroke in the U13/14 category and performed amazingly to make the final of the competition against a field of talented swimmers. Isaac, who is part of the Bolton metro swimming squad, said, “I am happy with my performance. Like Lizzie I want to keep getting better and would love to compete for team GB at the Olympics. My next aim is the British national trials next year and hopefully I can perform even better.”

Albany Headteacher, Mr Mayland, said,  “I know the dedication required to be an elite swimmer and I am very impressed with Lizzie and Isaac for achieveing so much at their age. They are truly ambitious and I’ve no doubt that they can achieve their aims and represent Great Britian in the future.”