The summer break saw Year 9 student Immy Moroney travel North to take on the best of the UK’s swimmers at the National Open Water Swimming Championships.
This year’s tougher than ever qualifying times for the 13 year age group meant only 16 swimmers managed to qualify for the final which was held in Sheffield in August.
All 16 girls start from a pontoon together and with no lanes open water swimming tends to be a fairly bruising event with swimmers all going for the same line. For the first 800 metres the lead group bunched together with around six girls all jostling for key position. The referee sounded several warning blasts asking the girls to spread out and, eventually, Immy and the UKs top distance swimmer from London pulled clear of the pack. In a fairly tightly fought exchange, the London swimmer pulled through to take the gold medal in a shade under 20 minutes with Immy just 10 seconds behind picking up the silver medal. Very well done indeed.