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Michaela Stephen

Michaela Stephen.

The 12-year-old, swimmer, from Crich and a student at Anthony Gell School, Wirksworth, is a member of the City of Derby Swim Club, winning a silver medal at the ASA National Summer Championships on 50m breaststroke and being invited to attend the England Programmes Development Day.

Michaela says: "I'm currently in year 8 at Anthony Gell School and I am a swimmer and love it.

"I swim for City of Derby Swimming Club and my coach is Mel Marshall. I have swum at this club for a few years now after I moved from Matlock Swimming Club just before my 10th birthday.

"I have been swimming in Mel's national training squad since May 2015. I train eight times a week with most sessions being two hours. By working hard I am able to do lots of competitions at the weekend.

"I do well in most events but my stand-out events are the 50m breaststroke and the 100m breaststroke. My coach says I'm going to be a great IM swimmer and my freestyle is coming along nicely too.

"2016 is an exciting year for me. I have many galas to work hard for. I have just finished competing in the Midland Short Course Championships, where I achieved two new short course personal bests.

"My next big gala will be the Derbyshire Long Course Championships followed by the Derbyshire Short Course. I'll then be working hard to go to The Edinburgh International Long Course Championships, followed by, depending on qualification, the Rio Olympic Trials in Glasgow.

"May brings the Midlands Long Course Championships followed by the end of season British Summer Championships and ASA Championships.

"Although I'm still young, swimming has helped me set goals for my future. My biggest goal/challenge I've set myself is to make a Junior British Team to compete abroad and hopefully in the Junior Europeans in 2017."