Student Charlotte Hall is preparing to attend a training camp with an elite swimming development squad.

Charlotte is now part of Derventio eXcel’s National Squad after initially being selected for the Development Squad.

The 14-year-old is training to take part in national competitions and will travel to Fuerteventura this month for a training camp with Derventio.

She said: “I’m looking forward to it. We’ll be doing training sessions and gym sessions. At the moment I train every day apart from Sunday so I’m putting in over 13 hours a week. On 5 days I have to get up at 4.45am to train. We are training at Abbotts Bromley in the evenings, due to Moorways being closed, Queen’s Leisure Centre in the mornings and Matlock on Saturday morning. It might get a bit harder when I’m in Year 11 as I’ll be studying for my GCSEs then, but I know other members of the club who have done it.

“My aim is to be swimming in national competitions and I would love to compete at the Olympics one day.”

Charlotte took part in an inter-county swimming competition at Ponds Forge, Sheffield last year, in which she competed in the medley relay. She swam the last leg and her team finished second.

The teenager also recently won the Brendan McGowan Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Sport at an awards evening for students at Saint Benedict CVA.

Head teacher Kevin Gritton said Charlotte (pictured below) deserved every success.

He said: “Charlotte is a shining example as she puts in the hours and is clearly reaping the rewards but she also works hard in school. We wish her every success in the future and look forward to cheering her on at the Olympics one day.”

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