Surrey Mirror 20th Dec 2009

Written by RRSC. Posted in Press releases

Watkin passes triple test

IT was a triple medal success for Redhill & Reigate Swimming Club's Louise Watkin as she collected gold, silver and bronze medals at the International Paralympic Committee Swimming World Championships.

"It was a really different meet to what I've been to before," said Watkin, who was born with a lower left arm disability.

"It was interesting because the competition was really fast, which meant I could test myself. It is the World Championships, so they are going to be fast, maybe faster than I was expecting, but it was a good meet."

The 17-year-old set a world record at the tournament in Rio as part of the women's 4x100 metre freestyle 34 point relay, touching home in four minutes and 26.20 seconds to win gold.

Watkin, a regular member of the British Disability Swimming Team, also set a new British record of 28.86 for her silver medal in the women's 50m freestyle.

With British team-mate Stephanie Milward finishing first, Watkin was unlucky not to secure a British one-two in Brazil, finishing third in 1:02.50, and six-hundredths of a second behind Spain's Saral Gascon.

Merstham-based Watkin has the next competition already in her vision as she trains twice a day, six days a week.

Next up is the next World Championships, which will be held in Eindhoven in August to September next year.

She finished fourth in the last World Championships and is hoping for a podium this time.