SUPER swimmer Rebecca Adlington, of Mansfield, will soon be inspiring national pride and gracing our TV screens at the Olympic Games in London.
But is the NEXT Rebecca Adlington lurking in Hucknall?
She could well be because a dominant young swimmer who trains in the town has been crowned the best in Nottinghamshire for the FOURTH successive year.
Twelve-year-old Amelia Sale, who is known as Milly, has been an integral member of the Hucknall Falcon club since the age of seven. She is also part of the Nova Centurion county squad.
And for the last four years, she has taken the Notts ASA County Championships by storm.
Milly first exploded on to the scene by winning the county title in the nine-year-olds’ age group. Now she has beaten 39 other swimmers in the 12-year-olds’ section to add to her overflowing trophy cabinet.
To lift her latest title, Milly had to complete a gruelling schedule with races in five categories — 50m sprints, 100m events, 200m races, individual medley swims and freestyle. It included 17 races across a series of galas throughout the county. Points were awarded from each race, with the top score from each category counting towards a final total.
Milly had to pull out of one of her races because of illness. But she still stormed to a total of 2,618 points, which was 183 ahead of her nearest rival.
What’s more, the result meant she also posted the highest points’ tally across all age groups from nine-and-under to 13-year-olds. This landed her the overall ‘Top Girl’ trophy.
Milly, who lives on Barbara Street in Eastwood, will now go forward to the Midlands Championships, which will be held in Coventry in June.
Again she will face a tough schedule of nine disciplines — 100m freestyle, butterfly and backstroke, 200m freestyle, butterfly and backstroke, 400m freestyle and the 200m and 400m individual medley disciplines, which encompass all four main strokes.
Mum Karen Sale said: “She has done brilliantly again. We never take her success for granted. There are always good swimmers coming through. But Milly has worked hard.
“We hope that she will be able to make the qualifying times for the national championships. But she is just enjoying her swimming.”
Milly goes to Kimberley School. Her two sisters, 17-year-old Jessica and 19-year-old Becky, are former members of Hucknall Falcon too.