Saturday, March 3, 2012

Swimmer Amber has Olympic dream

SWIMMING star Amber Brewer is in training for the Olympics – not this year's games in London but Brazil in four years' time.

Amber, 16, a pupil at Brislington Enterprise College, is taking part tomorrow in the selection trials at Stratford for the London Olympics.

She is hoping to achieve a personal best in the 100m breast stroke so she can train with the Olympic squad in the run-up to the games.

She said: "If I can get a personal best and do better than I have ever done before, it will mean everything to me.

"I hope it will get me noticed so I get my name up there with the England squad.

"I'm only 16 at the moment but hopefully in four years' time I will be ready for the Olympics in Brazil."

Amber took her first swimming lesson at the age of five and has been competitively swimming since she was 12.

She was accepted into the Bristol Elite Squad in 2008, and in July last year she qualified at the Nationals for selection for the Olympic Trials.

Her most recent accolade is being accepted on to a Talent Development Programme at Bath University, which supports her with nutritional assistance and strength and conditional coaching.

Amber used to swim in various pools and now trains in the new pool at Hengrove. She gets up most mornings at 4.30am so she can swim for two hours from 5.30am and also trains for two hours most evenings.

Andy Hara, PE team leader at Brislington Enterprise College said: "We are extremely proud of Amber's achievements. Since her time at BEC we have watched her grow from strength to strength and we are looking forward to following her future glowing career. A BEC minibus will be travelling to Stratford tomorrow to wave banners, offer shouts of encouragement and give masses of support to help Amber fulfil her dream."

Swimmer Amber has Olympic dream

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