A CHESTER schoolgirl is celebrating winning a major national swimming award.
Emily Noden, who attends The Queen’s School, has been named Swim Wales Junior Female Disability Swimmer of the Year.
The deaf 13-year-old was presented with her prize at a glittering awards ceremony in Swansea after receiving the most votes in an internet poll on the Swim Wales website.
Queen’s School headteacher Sarah Clark said: “We are immensely proud of Emily and her sporting achievements.
“She has grit and determination and a tremendous desire to succeed.
“As an elite athlete, Emily trains for many hours a week to achieve her ambitions and balancing her school work and training can be a challenge in itself.
“The whole school community is joining with me to celebrate the news of her award.”
Emily, who lives in Holywell and is a member of Denbigh Dragons Swimming Club, took up the sport aged six.
Since then her swimming has gone strength to strength and this year she has enjoyed success for Great Britain at both home and abroad.
Emily’s next aim is to win a place in the GB team that will head to Portugal in August to compete in the World Deaf Swimming Championship.