London 2012 Olympic Games and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games swimmer Sophie Allen will attend the first day of the Swimarathon at The Meres leisure centre in Grantham next month.
The former Sir William Robertson High School pupil, from Fulbeck, qualified for the 2012 Olympics when she was 19. She will appear at the Swimarathon on Friday, February 5, at 4.30pm.
Roger Graves, of the Rotary Club of Grantham, said: “we are delighted to have Sophie join us for what is always a most enjoyable event and she will certainly give some encouragement to those swimming whilst she is there. One of her present roles is as a Sports Ambassador for the local sports charity Inspire+ where she is aiming to inspire young children to take every opportunity, dream big, and love what they do.”
So far, 230 teams are registered for the event which continues on the Saturday and Sunday, and there are only 10 lanes left to fill. Anyone wishing to take part can call 07454 941349. Groups, organisations, businesses and friends can take part in eams of up to six. The teams swim in relay for 55 minutes.
Sophie said: “Having discovered my passion for swimming - and winning - the sport slowly took over my life. Step by step, goal by goal, it became an obsession. Throughout secondary School my dreams started looking towards the Olympics.
“I was training a minimum of 25 hours a weeks and my progression was at its optimum, gaining Junior national titles and European medals in the process. 2009 saw me move away from home and fully commit that period of my life to the sport, Injury set me back a few years, but my determination to go to a home Olympic Games never failed me.
“The following years saw the highlights of my career and the best stories I will ever get to tell. Including National titles, World Championships, Commonwealth Games, European Medals and London 2012, each of which allowed me wear my country’s name across my back, with a smile on my face and pride in my heart. A feeling that can only be earned and never forgotten.”