Dedication has paid off for young swimmer Eleanor Anwyl, who has been crowned North West English Schools’ champion for the 50-metre backstroke.
As dawn breaks each morning, Eleanor heads to her local pool to practice before her school day at Southlands High starts.
And this incredible level of commitment was rewarded when she pulled
off the biggest win of her
As well as taking the backstroke title, Eleanor also secured second place in the 50-metre freestyle and was fourth in the 100-metre backstroke, as well as taking part in the 100-metre individual medley and 100-metre freestyle.
Eleanor said: “It was such a thrill to win.
“I get such an adrenaline rush from racing and the satisfaction of winning a gold medal is immense.”
Southlands headteacher Mark Fowle said: “This is a fantastic achievement and many congratulations to Eleanor.
“Once again, a Southlands student is demonstrating that they are leading the way.”
Eleanor has competed in competitions for eight years and her training schedule not only includes mornings, but most afternoons and the weekend.
The North West English Schools’ Championships were held at the Jason Kenny Centre in Bolton.
Now she will have the opportunity to take part in the English Schools’ Individual Championships later in the year.
And before then, this coming weekend, Eleanor is competing in the County Championships.