ERIN Nabney rose to the occasion when she represented Great Britain at the European Junior Swimming Championships and reached the 200m medley final.
The 15-year-old Ealing Swimming Club member was part of a team of 24 competing across 37 events over five days in Poznan, Poland.
She made a great start to the competition, which attracted swimmers from 43 nations, producing a personal best in the 200m breaststroke.
That took her into the semi-finals where she improved her time further, finishing 14th in 2mins 36.40secs.
Nabney went one stage further in the 200m medley as she reached the final and ended seventh in 2:18.55, just 0.19secs outside her PB set in the semi-finals.
It was a fantastic performance from the teenager in her first major international appearance and bodes well for the upcoming British Gas National Championships, where she has a busy schedule, competing in seven individual events and two relays.
Despite her achievements, mum Sharon believes Erin is still some way off establishing what will turn out to be her best stroke and distance, as she is something of a ‘late developer.’
“Erin was a bit nervous before the event as it was her first time for GB and a big step up, but after the first heat, she said she relaxed into it and was really pleased with the results,” said Sharon.
“Her ultimate aim is to swim for GB seniors, but at the moment she is still not sure of what her best event could be.
“Her coach thinks she could become a good long distance swimmer because she is good at endurance.
“But she is still growing so it’s still too early to be sure. It is not necessarily breaststroke.
“They selected Erin for the medley and only really added the breaststroke as a second event.”
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