Making a splash

Lucy Davis with her medals from the Home Nations Championship
Lucy Davis with her medals from the Home Nations Championship
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Lucy Davis, 14, of Great Knowley was in action in Dublin last weekend and was part of a 40-strong England team that returned home with an impressive haul of 77 medals.

She trains nine times a week with Preston Swimming Club, picked up a gold medal in the 200m Individual Medley, a gold medal as part of the record-breaking 4x100m freestyle team and a silver medal in the 100m butterfly event.

Proud mum Debbie Davis said: “Lucy is having a fantastic season having broken the English Schools junior record in the 200m individual medley.

“She has also swam the second fastest 200m individual medley time in history when she was 13.

“Sheloves training and it is unbelievable how dedicated she is and wants to keep on learning.

“Her coach Louise Robinson is brilliant and she told her coaches that her goal is to compete at the Olympics.

“Even though you don’t know what is around the corner I think that she is in the right place to follow her dreams.”

Lucy is no stranger to representing her country as she was the youngest member of the England youth team back in January.

With the pressure on, the Westholme School in Blackburn pupil swam a lifetime best time of 4.58.68 in the 400m individual medley.

During the Easter holidays, Lucy will be training alongside her older sister Megan at a camp in Cyprus with the rest of the England youth team.

Debbie said: “They are really supportive of each other and have different strengths and weaknesses.

“I think there is a bit of a sibling rivalry and it makes for a good race if they are in the same heats.”

The sisters started making a splash at the age of 10 at Brinscall Baths and then joined Chorley Marlins and Lancashire Gallica clubs.