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PARALYMPICS: Chloe’s London 2012 bid overwhelms proud mum
NANCY Davies says that she’s expecting the feeling of watching her 13-year-old daughter Chloe take the to the water at the Paralympic Games in London next week to be “overwhelming”.
The youngster, who is a member of Trowbridge Amateur Swimming Club, will make her Paralympic bow for Team GB at the London Aquatics Centre in the s14 category for swimmers with a learning disability.
Davies, who lives in Midsomer Norton, has difficulties with her short-term memory, speech, literacy and also suffers from auditory processing disorder but her mother says that the teenager, who will be the youngest British swimmer at the Paralympic Games, comes to life in the water.
Mum Nancy and dad Lee lead a hearty tribe of Davies supporters, along with sister Emma, 15, and the young star’s mother said: “Now she’s away at the holding camp in Manchester with the rest of the team, it all seems a bit more real and all can’t quite believe it’s happening.
“Swimming is the one thing that gives her confidence and it means everything to her. She understands that she’s swimming against people from other countries but I don’t think she knows just how global it all is, which may help take the pressure off her.
“We’ll be travelling up to see her next week and we’ve got so many people coming. to see her. There are her grandparents Anne and Adrian Carver and Carol and Bruce Davies, my sister Mary and her husband Ben Bond, with her cousins Solomon and Lily, and then there’s Lee’s brother Mark Davies and his partner Laura and then cousins Lucy and Molly.
“I think it’s going to be overwhelming.”
Davies competes in the S14 100m backstroke heats next Friday and the 200m freestyle heats on Sunday.