Swimmer Katie sets her sights on pool gold

First published in Sport

KATIE Rillet-Young returns to the pool this weekend when she competes in the Junior and Youth Disability National Championships in Sheffield.

The 14-year-old Burnley Bobcats swimmer won double gold last year and goes for glory again in the two day event in the Ponds Forge Pool.

Katie, a pupil at Shuttleworth College, will compete in four events at this year’s event – 100m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 50m freestyle and also the 100m breaststroke.

And, as like last year, she has also been picked for the 4x100m freestyle relay team.

It is the first of three top events for Katie who won the Lancashire Telegraph Grass Roots Heroes young sports personality of the year award in 2012.

The following week she competes in the British Gas International Swimming Meet in Leeds and will also swim at the British International Disability Championships in April, also in Sheffield.

“She hasn’t competed since Swansea in December, but has been training hard as usual,” said dad Roger. “But like buses she has three competitions coming up soon.

“Katie had a training day in Stafford on Saturday as part of the Home Nations Talent Programme which she qualified for last year, which could be very helpful for her in the competitions that she has coming up.”

Katie is also hoping to compete in the World Dwarf Games later in the year and Roger thanked her club and her school for all their support and help.

“Both Burnley Bobcats and Shuttleworth College have been very supportive,” said Roger. “The school has even set up a special page on their website to keep everyone informed on how she is getting on.”

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