SWIMMING: Grantham teen Leah is selected for Great Britain

Leah Roughan
Leah Roughan

A Grantham teenager has been selected to swim for Great Britain in Russia during the spring.

Walton Girls’ High School student Leah Roughan is one of just four chosen to swim in the under-16 breaststroke at the international meeting at Moscow in April.

Fifteen-year-old Leah is a former Grantham Swimming Club star, but now trains and competes for the City of Peterborough Club.

Her selection for the Russian competition came as something of a surprise as she was not on the GB Talent Programme last year.

However, she impressed so much in it in the previous year’s programme and has since built on her ability to now be ranked in the top four of the country.

GB selectors were clearly also impressed with her fifth spot in an international meeting open final in the spring of last year, which she followed up with a third place in the British Junior Championships.

Leah’s mother Meta, who takes her to training in Peterborough eight times a week, said all she knows so far, is that she will swim three races in Moscow, and possibly in relays also.

Meta said Leah was very excited about her GB selection.

Meta said: “She couldn’t believe it. It’s a big achievement for her. Her goal has always been to swim for Great Britain.”