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Medal glory for golden girl Katie
5:20pm Tuesday 12th March 2013 in Sport
KATIE Rillet-Young has again underlined her swimming potential after winning a clutch of medals and smashing personal best times at a national championship.
The 14-year-old from Burnley won four gold medals and a silver – setting new pbs in all her individual events – at the National Junior and Youth Disability short course Championships in Sheffield.
Katie, a pupil at Shuttleworth College, has already been earmarked as a possible star of the future as she is a part of the Home Nations Talent Programme.
And the teenager, who is a member of Burnley Bobcats, certainly demonstrated that talent in the Ponds Forge pool.
In her first race, Katie powered to success to win the 100m freestyle, smashing her personal best time by more that five seconds.
She withdrew from the 400m freestyle afte she was selected for the North West relay squad – and she starred in the team event.
Swimming the last leg of the 4x100 medley relay, the North West team was half a length behind in the silver medal position when Katie dived in to the pool. But a stunning performance saw her bring the team home in gold medal position after winning my a length. Katie also won individual gold in the 100m breaststroke and 50m freestyle – setting best times in both events by more than two seconds – and was a part of the NW team that won a silver in 4x100m freestyle relay.
“She had a great weekend winning four gold medals and a silver but again more important than the colour of the medal is that she has improved her short course records,” said dad Roger.
“It is showing that all her hard work in her daily training is paying off.”