A TALENTED young swimmer from a city school is seeking sponsorship after being selected to represent the UK at the Deaflympic Games in Bulgaria later this year.
Emily Noden, 16, of Holywell, is a student at The Queen’s School in Chester. She is now stepping up her training programme in preparation for the event as well as trying to raise £2,625 to attend.
British deaf athletes do not receive Government funding and Emily must raise money to cover her own stay in Bulgaria as well as a proportion to cover the cost of two officials to accompany the team.
Emily learned to swim when she was a baby and had her 10 metre badge by the age of 18 months. She was swimming competitively by the age of seven, made the finals in all her events in the European Deaf Championships in Germany in 2010, aged 13, and last year competed in the World Deaf Championships in Portugal.
The Deaflympics takes place in July and August 2013 but Emily must juggle her gruelling 12-14 hour weekly training sessions with revision for some important GCSE exams if she is to follow her intended career path of medicine.
She said: “When I made the qualifying time in Sheffield in November and the coach called me over to let me know I had been selected, I was really happy because I felt that my dream had come true. This could be the peak of my swimming career as I’ll have to focus fully on school work next year, so I’m going to make the most of this opportunity.”
Emily is fundraising for donations towards the cost of her attendance. To sponsor her contact the school on 01244 312078.