SWIMMING: Spalding star Chloe enjoys golden finish to year

GOLDEN GIRL: Chloe Hannam
GOLDEN GIRL: Chloe Hannam

Talented teen Chloe Hannam ended the 2013 swimming season with a glut of gold medals after shining at two different events.

The Spalding swimming star collected a combined total of six gold, four silver and three bronze medals from meets at Northampton and Norwich.

That stands Hannam, who has represented both South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club and City of Peterborough in recent years, in fine stead ahead of April’s Commonwealth Trials in Glasgow.

The Spalding High School pupil was in particularly stunning form at the Northampton Winter Festival open meet.

While most of her school friends were enjoying the festive period off, Hannam contested five different events – bringing home gold medals in each of them. To top off her wonderful showing in the pool, she was also named the ‘top girl’ of the entire meet.

Two weeks prior to that, the 17-year-old was competing in the East Region Winter Championships at the University Of Norwich’s 50m pool.

This competition saw Hannam up against swimmers from renowned top clubs like Hatfield, City of Cambridge and Ipswich.

Over the course of the weekend, the South Holland ace swam in the 200m freestyle, 400m individual medley (IM), 200m backstroke, 200m butterfly, 200m IM and 100m butterfly. She reached all finals she was eligible for, bringing home a well-deserved gold medal and trophy in the 200m back, as well as two silver medals and a brace of bronze medals in her other events.

Hannam also competed in three relay events, with the teams winning two silver medals and another bronze medal.

The Spalding swimmer is now focused on having a big 2014. Her main focus is the Commonwealth Trials, with the Commonwealth Games hopefully coming soon after.

She currently has two qualifying times for the trials and is focused on improving them.