Worle Community School Academy Blackhurst teenager Britain’s fastest swimmer

A Worle Community School Academy teenager is Britain’s fastest 14-year-old swimmer.

Izzy Blackhurst is on course to compete for Great Britain at the 2024 Olympics after several years of sensational race times and winning gold medals.

The former Worlebury Primary School pupil won races and sometimes performed a year ahead of her age.

She is the South West Under-15 Junior Champion for the 100m and 200m freestyle events.

In 2020, Blackhurst qualified brilliantly for the Olympic trials, but had to withdraw due to Covid-19 restrictions, and is now eager to compete in the upcoming Paris Olympics.

She has now received another award – the prestigious WCSA Sports Captain badge – for her outstanding attitude, hard work and enthusiasm both academically and athletically.

“I would absolutely love to be an Olympic champion. When I started swimming at the age of six, I realized how much I loved the sport,” Blackhurst said.

“I started competing at the age of nine and quickly started winning gold medals in very fast times. I train incredibly hard with 12 hours in the pool every week and two hours training on land.

Principal Jacqui Scott added, “Izzy is an exceptionally good student, both academically and in her swimming pursuits. She is incredibly driven and hardworking and a great role model for young students.

“She fully deserves all the success she achieves and we are delighted to honor her with a sports captain’s badge.”

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