A student at Saint Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy scooped eight medals at the East Midlands Swimming Championships.

Charlotte Hall came home with two Gold, two Bronze and a Silver in individual events, and two Gold and a silver in the relay team races.

The 15-year-old is now East Midlands Champion in 15 years 800 Free and 14/15 yrs 800 Free after coming first in those events.

She won her Silver in 15 yrs 200 Free and the Bronze medals in 15 yrs 400 Free and 14/15 yrs 400 Free. In the relays, Charlotte and three other team members won two Gold (4 x 100m and 4 x 200m Freestyle) and one Silver (4 x 100m Medley Relay).

The teenager has also qualified for the Amateur Swimming Association National Championships in July and August. Charlotte will be competing in 2 events in the British Summer Championships at the end of July, followed by 4 events in the (English) National Summer Meet at the beginning of August.

Charlotte is part of Derventio eXcel’s National Squad and trains eight times a week.

She said: “It’s great that my hard work paid off in the East Midlands Championships. Sometimes I train twice a day; on Tuesdays and Thursdays I have to get up at 4.45am to be in the pool for 5.15am and I train until 7am and then go to school. I go back to train again between 5pm and 7pm. I don’t really feel tired and I’m ready to learn when I get to school because I’ve already been up for a while by then. My dream is still to swim at the Olympics one day.”

Charlotte took part in a training camp with Derventio in Fuerteventura in February and she won the Brendan McGowan Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Sport at an awards evening for students at Saint Benedict CVA.

Kevin Gritton, head teacher, said he was extremely proud of Charlotte.

He said: “Charlotte deserves every success because she works so hard. We are so proud that she is one of our pupils and we wish her the best of the luck at the national championships in July.”

Charlotte medals