SWIMMING: Classy Chloe strikes gold

Chloe Hannam
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Spalding swimming sensation Chloe Hannam has won her first-ever national gold medal after a stunning show at the British Gas ASA Championships in Sheffield.

Now representing City of Peterborough Swimming Club (COPS), Hannam stormed to top spot in the womens’ 15/16 years 400m individual medley (IM) event.

Not content with that, the teenager smashed the ASA East Region record en-route to a silver medal in the 200m backstroke in the same age group.

Hannam swam in eight events in total, including the 4x100m freestyle relay, 4x100m medley relay and the 4x200m relay – but the South Holland speed demon was over the moon with her achievements.

She said: “After competing in seven heat swims, four semi-finals and three finals, tallying up to 4,000m of racing, the last two days of the meet when I was feeling most fatigued surprised me most.

“For me to come out with a silver, plus a big PB and an East Region record in 200m back, and then become national champion in the 400IM... well, I’m over the moon!

“Before the meet I had been focusing mainly on my distance freestyle, due to the two bronze medals that I won last year.

“So, to come out as national champion in the 400m IM especially, was a bonus in the bag. It has been a perfect way to end my first complete season with the City of Peterborough Swimming Club.”

COPS head coach Ben Negus also paid tribute to Hannam’s extraordinary efforts.

He said: “Chloe has exploded onto the scene here at City of Peterborough Swimming Club.

“Her hard work and tenacious attitude to her strict training regime really paid dividends in Sheffield and I am so pleased she has brought home medals.

“What a way to finish a season as she ends up a national champion and ASA East region record holder.

“I’m sure Callum Lawson and South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club will join us all at COPS in applauding her remarkable achievement. This kind of result is testament to the hard work and commitment that our youngsters , like Chloe, pursue every day.”

• Chloe Hannam is looking for willing local companies who could help support her exciting career.

The crippling costs of training, travel, competition fees and racing suits – which cost between £200 and £350 each – are always on the rise.

If anyone is interested in sponsoring one of South Holland’s top sporting talents, please contact her mum, Linda Hannam, by email at ljh3@btinternet.com