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Imogen Clark

Imogen Clark.

The 16-year-old swimmer, from Morton, is a student at Chesterfield College and a member of the Derventio eXcel swim squad. She has been nominated on to the British Swimming World Class Podium Potential Programme for the 2015-16 season. She broke 50m British junior records in freestyle, breaststroke and butterfly and won a bronze medal in the open 50m freestyle event at the Scottish National Championships.

Imogen says: "My season goals are for this next season are to improve my ability to swim the first 50m of 100m breaststroke and freestyle events with controlled 'easy speed', as well as to improve the second 50m of races through specific back-end speed work in training, so that drop off is less than four seconds on breaststroke and no more than 1.5 seconds on freestyle by the 2016 Olympic trials.

"Alongside this, I want to hold stroke rate consistently through the last 20m of my 50m freestyle, focus on Olympic trials and the British Swimming Podium potential programme and continue to work towards podium success in Tokyo 2020.

"Finally, I want to improve recovery rates with specialist help from the Derbyshire Institute of Sport (DIS) S&C coach and train locally, helping to promote the pathway with local schools and clubs."

"My training has started really well and I have had a lot of early gains in all of the short course competition this season so far with many new personal bests qualifying me for the British Short Course National Championships in multiple events.

"I also have a good opportunity to swim long course pre-2016 at the Amsterdam Cup in December where I will be competing against Europe's finest swimmers who will be swimming to qualify for Rio 2016."