9:00am Sunday 15th April 2012
By Dan Barnes
THE eyes of the world will be on two teenagers from Trowbridge Amateur Swimming Club this summer after the duo were selected to represent Great Britain at 2012 Paralympic Games.
13-year-old Chloe Davies, who lives in Midsomer Norton in Somerset, and 17-year-old Aaron Moores, from Trowbridge, will both realise their dream of competing on the world’s biggest sporting stage after sealing their qualification to represent their country in the S14 category for swimmers with a learning disability at last weekend's British International Disability Championships in Sheffield.
Davies secured her spot in the 200m freestyle with a time of 2:17.54, and set a new British record of 1:10.34 to qualify for the 100m backstroke while Moores will also be swimming in the 100m backstroke after his time of 1:05.00.
Davies only made it on to British Swimming’s world class development programme in October last year and initially achieved the qualifying time for the 200m freestyle at March’s first Paralympic trials at the London Aquatics Centre.
She said: “I am so excited and can’t believe it. Swimming in London was amazing.
“I met so many top swimmers but my highlight of the weekend was when Rebecca Adlington was swimming in the warm-down pool next to me and she stopped and congratulate me on my freestyle time. She is amazing. “I love swimming at Ponds Forge (in Sheffield) and again was so happy with my backstroke time. I need to remain focused and train hard and will try to do my best in the summer.”
Davies and Trowbridge clubmate Moores, a student at Wiltshire College, are both trained by Australian former Olympic swimmer Sarah Paton.
Trowbridge teenager Moores, also a member of the world class development programme, says that he can barely believe that his dream of reaching the Paralympics has been realised.
“I was really nervous waiting to see what was going to happen and even when people were saying that I had a good chance, I still didn’t know if I did,” he said. “I did a bit better in Sheffield than I did in London and I was really happy with how I swam.
“I’m happy and excited and I just want to keep training hard now.”
The Paralympic duo have been invited to a two-week training camp in Majorca next month as their preparations for the Games continue.
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