Hartlepool teen’s swimming success is rewarded

Katie Laybourn receiving her award from Mayor of Hartlepool Councillor Mary Fleet.

Katie Laybourn receiving her award from Mayor of Hartlepool Councillor Mary Fleet.

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A teenager’s swimming success has been rewarded with a visit to the Mayor’s Parlour.

Thirteen-year-old Katie Laybourn, who attends English Martyrs School, won a gold medal and two bronze medals at the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) National Championships in Sheffield last month.

Her achievements at the ASA National Championships were even more remarkable as she was competing against girls in the year above her.

A month earlier, the Hartlepool swimming club member won five medals at the FISEC Games in Malta, which is a worldwide swimming event.

Katie said: “I have been swimming since the age of four and am totally dedicated to the sport.”

Hartlepool Mayor Councillor Mary Fleet invited Katie into her parlour and presented her with an engraved glass award to mark her achievements.

Councillor Fleet said: “Katie has achieved so much already as a young swimmer and she is totally dedicated to her chosen sport.

“She is a credit to her family, her school and the Hartlepool Swimming Club.”

Dedicated Katie gets up at 5am three days a week for 75 minutes of intensive training before school as well as four evenings a week and on weekends.

She hopes to compete in the swimming trials for next year’s Olympics.

Katie’s older brother Joseph and her parents Christine and Andrew have all swam competitively and her Dad added: “Katie is very focused and we are all so proud of what she has achieved so far.”