LUCY Worrall entered more events than anyone else as she attempted to win medals in eight different events at the European Junior Swimming Championships in Belgrade.
The rising star from Vicars Cross flew out to Serbia just a fortnight after tackling the World Junior Championships in Mexico and had to adjust her training in that time to factor in the eight events – the 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly, 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle events and the 4x100m medley relay and 4x200m freestyle relay.
Chester Catholic High School pupil Lucy, who trains with head coach Stewart Clamp on the Swim Flintshire programme in North Wales, was unable to take gold in any of the individual events. But the 16-year-old won a gold medal and helped set a new European record as part of the 4x200m free relay.
Coach Clamp said: “Lucy is the first to admit she didn’t do herself justice in the World Juniors in Mexico. But this was all about mental attitude, strength of will and experience.
“She only had a fortnight to alter her training schedule before heading for Belgrade and she did really well.”
Meanwhile, Upton High School pupil Tom Allen, 16, took three silvers and a gold in the National Youth Championships in Sheffield. He romped home in the 1,500m free, finishing 30m clear of the field.