December 19, 2015
Brent Knoll swimmer targets place at Rio Paralympics after medals win

A talented disabled swimmer from Brent Knoll has won six medals at the National Para-Swimming Championships - and has qualified for the Paralympic Trials.

Harriet Dickinson, 18, was crowned British Champion over the 100m Backstroke at the National Para-Swimming Championships in Manchester this week.

With over 300 swimmers taking part, Harriet swam faster than ever before, achieving four personal bests, to win one gold, four silvers and a bronze medal.

With less than a year to go to the Rio Paralympics, Harriet has also qualified for the Olympic Trials in April when the British Para-Swimming International Meet takes place.

Harriet won her gold medal in the 100m backstroke, with the silvers coming in 400m freestyle, 100m fly, 100m freestyle, 200m individual medley, and the bronze in the 50m freestyle.

Hariet, a Burnham Swim and Sports Academy instructor, told "I was really pleased with my results - I hadn't expected to so well! I'm looking forwards to competing in the Paralympic trials next April in Glasgow."

Harriet's left leg was amputated when she was just nine months old for medical reasons, but she has never let the disability change her active lifestyle. She cycles several miles into work and loves teaching others to swim.

Sara Cox Conklin, from Burnham Swim and Sports Academy, said: "Many congratulations go to Harriet on this week's success - we are all extremely proud of her!"


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