Six of the best for swimmer Megan

Medal winning swimmer Megan Atkinson pictured with coach Moira Foster.

Medal winning swimmer Megan Atkinson pictured with coach Moira Foster.

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IT was six of the best for speedy swimmer Megan Atkinson when she returned from a national competition with a haul of medals.

The 11-year-old, who was born with a rare growth disorder, excelled at the Nationwide Junior and Youth Swimming Championships in Sheffield and was delighted after winning six medals.

Megan, from Peterlee, was thrilled to bag an impressive three gold and three silver medals at the event organised by the Disability Sport Events.

She was also named National Champion in the 50m butterfly and 100m medley featuring four different styles of swimming, and beating swimmers several years older then her.

Her proud dad Kevin said: “Both me and her mum Sarah were over the moon with what she has achieved.

“But we were not surprised because of all the hard work she has put in with Peterlee Swimming Club who have been excellent.

“Moira Foster her coach and the whole club have been fantastic and put in a lot of effort to get Megan to where she is.

“At the championships she broke all her personal bests and achieved international qualifying times so next year she will be able to swim in the internationals.

“A lot of people she was competing against were two and three years older than herself and she took times off them.”

Dedicated Megan, who goes to Our Lady of the Rosary School, swims with Peterlee Swimming Club five times a week including sessions as early as 6am.

She also enjoys running and won a host of medals last year in the Dwarf Games where she will compete again in May.

Dad Kevin, of the Oakerside area of Peterlee, added: “She is very competitive.”

Megan was born with a growth disorder called achondroplasia which affects one in 15,000 births.

Her big ambition is to represent Great Britain in the Paralympic Games in 2016.

Megan has met Britain’s first Paralympic gold medallist Eleanor Simmonds several times and trained with her.

Megan is looking for potential sponsors as she continues to represent Peterlee and the North-East at events across the country.

If you could help, contact Peterlee Swimming Club on (0191) 5862400.