Emily making a splash for the championships

A borough student is making waves after qualifying for the British swimming championships in April.

Emily Large, from Kings Priory School, beat fellow students across the UK to achieve her place at the championships, to be held at the London Aquatic Centre, as well as competing in the National Schools biathlon final in March.

Emily started to swim competitively at the age of nine and now swims 16 hours a week.

Four days a week she is up at 5.30am for training, followed by two hours of strength and conditioning.

Emily recently achieved medals in all events at the North East Regional Championships, including a gold medal in 200m fly – an event for which she is currently ranked second in the country for her age group.

She is also ranked in the top 5 in the country for five other events.

Kings Priory School principal Gill Hewlett said: “As you can imagine, we are incredibly proud of Emily for her achievements.

“Not only has she demonstrated real talent for swimming, which is an important sport for our school, but just as impressive is her discipline, dedication and commitment.

“I have been very impressed to witness Emily balancing her passion and skill with her school and studies.”