Kings Priory School swimmer Emily Large believes she kicked off the season in perfect style after notching double gold at the Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games.
The Tynemouth pupil joined 1,600 other competitors in Manchester for the UK’s largest multi-sport event for elite level, school-age athletes.
The Newcastle Swim Team member was in action on both Saturday and Sunday, producing a pair of impressive performances at the Manchester Aquatics Centre to win both the girls’ 100m butterfly and 200m butterfly.
Large is no stranger to multi-sport events, having won silver in the 200m butterfly at the 2015 European Youth Summer Olympic Festival in Georgia in July.
And the 14-year-old insists that the Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games had a very similar feel to that competition.
“It’s just really good to win gold at the Sainsbury’s School Games and I’m really happy with it,” said Large.
“Seeing as I did the European Youth Olympics earlier this summer and won silver in the 200m fly, I just thought I’d try to do my best coming into this weekend
“It’s only the start of the season, so I wanted to do the best I could but didn’t really know what to expect.
“I’ve really enjoyed the whole experience of the School Games. It’s similar to the European Youth Olympics and I think it’s really good.”
The Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, featured 12 different sports across four days.
Representing England North, Large clocked 1:03.11 minutes to win the 100m butterfly before registering 2:18.36 to triumph in the 200m, edging England Central’s Tara Haworth into second place in both races.
And after starting her season with a bang, Large is convinced that she is primed for a successful campaign.
“My aims for this season are just to get a PB and also to maybe make another international team,” she added.
“In the long-term, I would love to represent my country, maybe even in the Olympic Games.”
The Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games is supported by a range of partners including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sport England, Youth Sport Trust, Department of Health and British Paralympic Association. The Games were held in venues across Manchester from 3-6 September 2015. Visit www.2015schoolgames.com for more information.