10:00AM, Wednesday 06 December 2017
SYCHRONISED swimmer Mimi Gray received the emerging athlete of the year accolade at the British Swimming Awards event in Manchester last month.
The Furze Platt Senior School pupil was the stand out performer earlier this year in England’s synchro u13/14s team at the Primorje Cup in Croatia, where she clinched individual and team gold medals.
And she has since been selected by Great Britain after trials for both the junior and senior squads.
The honours have been flooding in for the Maidenhead schoolgirl who was also named talent athlete of the year’ at the English Swimming awards in Birmingham.
Last weekend Mimi lived up to her reputation by claiming four gold medals for figures, solo, duet and team in the u13s-u15s age group at the nationals, held at the GLI pool in Gloucester.
It is the fourth time in a row (2014-17) that she has scooped golds in all four disciplines.
Synchronised swimming, along with women’s water polo, has had its funding removed by UK Sport since the 2012 Olympics in London.
That makes it doubly hard for young athletes like Mimi to compete against rivals from countries such as Russia, USA and Spain – who have invested in the sport.
Mimi trains for between 15 and 20 hours a week, and attends training camps during her holidays in the hope she can follow in the footsteps of Kate Shortman and Isabelle Thorpe, who are set to represent Great Britain in the duet at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
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