A former Chiswick school swimming champ has told of her joy after breaking two world records - at the age of 85.
Dorothy Williams, who used to live in Chiswick High Road, has competed in dozens of events across the British Isles in her lifetime.
And she seems to be in the form of her life after smashing two world records earlier this year at a masters swimming meet in Guernsey.
A former pupil of the old Chiswick Central School, in Staveley Road, Dorothy claims she has natural ability.
"I think it's a skill I was born with," she said. "Although, thinking about it, I must have had a good swimming teacher while I was at school who encouraged me. It was a fantastic school."
In March Dorothy competed in the 17th Guernsey International Masters' meet at Beau Secor, where she smashed the 200 metres breast stroke world record for the 85-89 age group by nearly24 seconds, completing it in 5mins 9.65 secs.
And she stormed home in the 100 metres breaststroke in 2mins 26.7secs, shaving three seconds off the record.
The great-grandmother told the Chronicle: "I was thrilled, but also really surprised as I did no training for it due to a problem I have had with my joints.
"I remember on the sixth length thinking I didn't have the energy to go on but knowing my daughter, grandson and great-grandson were there watching spurred me on."
Now living in Bournemouth, Dorothy was born in Chiswick's Parkside Nursing Home and lived in the area for 33 years, working in the women's Land Army, as a swimming teacher and as an attendant at Hounslow swimming baths.
"Hounslow pool is where I think I learnt all my moves," said Dorothy.
"I used to watch Olympic swimmer Margaret Edwards training. I definitely took in some of the things I saw.
"I also used to train in Chiswick open-air baths, which was wonderful."
Dorothy, pictured here in 1996 at Crystal Palace, won her first medal aged 11 at Brentford baths.
"I remember seeing the lovely silver medals you won when you came first, in the jewellers James Walkers next door to Woolworths in Chiswick High Street, and thinking it would be nice to have one," she said. "I then went on to win a number of them."
Dorothy went on to move around the borough living in a number of places, including Whitton Road and Grove Road in Hounslow.