A FARNDON schoolgirl is making a splash in the world of swimming.
Jessica Thomas, aged eight, a pupil at Farndon Primary School and one of the youngest members of the Ellesmere College Titans Swimming Club, secured the much coveted award of top under-eight girl at the Holywell Junior Sprint Swimming Gala.
Particularly impressive was her 100m race where she notched up a personal best and new Ellesmere College Titan Swimming Club 9/u record time of 1:39.81, winning the gold medal. She also won gold in the 25m freestyle.
As part of the Ellesmere College Titans coaching set up, Jessica has received some swim coaching and tips for her future success from British Olympic swimmer Darren Mew who is now a consultant coach at the club.
Darren, one of the fastest 50m and 100m breaststroke swimmers in the history of the event and an Olympic finalist at both the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Olympics, has been very impressed with Jessica’s swimming.
He said: “Jessica shows a lot of promise. All her strokes are technically good and, most importantly, she is swimming fast.”