A Gayton charity has rewarded the fastest Norfolk swimmer of all time for her dedication to the sport by sponsoring her final year of study at a specialised academy.
17-year-old Sophie Green, also of Gayton, was presented with £2,500 by Steve and Debbie Thrower, of Megan’s Challenge, to help with funding her final year of studies at Easton College Swimming Academy.
Debbie Thrower said: “Sophie has shown in her first year to be truly dedicated and hard working with the right opportunities and guidance she has a brilliant future in swimming, thus reaching her goals and achieving a qualifying time in next British Trials which she previously missed by one second.”
Sophie is studying for a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sports, and in her first year received a glowing review from her head coach at the University of East Anglia’ City of Norwich Swimming Club after making big improvements in all of her swimming events.
She is the fastest Norfolk swimmer of all time in the 50m and 100m Butterfly and in the 2013 rankings for her age group, she was ranked 21st in 50m Butterfly, and 23rd in 100m Butterfly.
Mrs Thrower added: “We wish her luck and are proud that we are able to help her fulfill her ambitions.”
Pictured, from left, Steve Thrower, Emi Bennett, Debbie Thrower, Simon Tidd, Sophie Green, Celina Taylor (Sophie’s mother), PJ Eggleton, Helena Stevens, Clare Howard, Jamie Eggleton and Julian Howard - fundraisers, represenatives from the charity and Sophie’s family