Ripley girl to represent England in Commonwealth championships

SEVENTEEN year-old Ripley swimmer Emily Allsop is travelling over 6,000 miles to compete in Royal Life Saving Society’s (RLSS) Commonwealth Life Saving Championships in Durban, South Africa.

Emily, who swims for Ripley Amateur Swimming Club and Life Savers (RASCALS) has been on the selector’s short list since April and secured her place at the recent time trials in Coventry.

She will be in a squad of 10 young women and equivalent male team competing from 27th September to the 1st October this year. Events will include obstacle swim, obstacle relay, line throw, manikin carry, medley and manikin relays, races with fins and super lifesaver.

Emily has swum at the RLSS National championships from the age of twelve and joined the Ripley club in 2008, consistently produced high ranking places, medalling for the past three years.

The coaching team at Ripley are exemplary and have mentored Emily to achieve her potential and she now happily reciprocates after joining the coaching team to take her Duke of Edinburgh gold award, supporting the junior squads. Emily is a talented sports woman and has won many regional and national honours in biathlon, Tetrathlon, pentathlon, athletics, cross county running, dressage and eventing in the pony club.

Currently st udying her A levels, and hoping to study medicine, Emily said, ‘I am so thrilled and excited, to represent my country has been a personal ambition and this is a dream come true for me.

“The honour of wearing the England track suit at the open and closing ceremonies will be a big moment in my life, one I am sure I will never forget!’

Anyone wishing to find out more about the fast evolving sport of lifesaving should visit the clubs web site, rascals.org.uk or come along to Ripley leisure centre on Friday evening from 8.15pm to meet the head coach Jeremy Johnson.