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LONDON CALLING: Swimming duo seal Paralympic places
4:30pm Friday 13th April 2012 in Wiltshire Sport
TWO teenage swimmers from Trowbridge Amateur Swimming Club have been handed the chance of a lifetime after both being chosen to represent Great Britain at this summer’s Paralympic Games.
Thirteen-year-old Chloe Davies, who lives in Midsomer Norton, and 17-year-old Aaron Moores, from Trowbridge, will both realise their dream of competing on the world's biggest sporting stage after sealing their qualification to represent their country in the S14 category (for swimmers with a learning disability) at last weekend's British International Disability Championships in Sheffield.
Davies secured her spot in the 200m freestyle (with a time of 2:17.54) and set a new British record of 1:10.34 to qualify for the 100m backstroke while Moores will also be swimming in the 100m backstroke after his time of 1:05.00.
Youngster Davies only made it on to British Swimming’s world class development programme in October last year and initially achieved the qualifying time for the 200m freestyle at March’s first Paralympic trials at the London Aquatics Centre.
She said: “Swimming in London was amazing – my highlight of the weekend was when Rebecca Adlington was swimming in the warm-down pool next to me and she stopped and congratulated me.”
Moores, also a member of the world class development programme, said: “I was really nervous waiting to see what was going to happen and even when people were saying that I had a good chance, I still didn’t know if I did,” he said.
“I did a bit better in Sheffield than I did in London and I was really happy with how I swam.
“I’m happy and excited and I just want to keep training hard now.”
The Paralympic duo have been invited to a two-week training camp in Majorca next month as their preparations for the Games continue.