GB name Hartlepool swimmer Jemma Lowe in team for European short course champs

HAPPY: Jemma Lowe
HAPPY: Jemma Lowe

JEMMA Lowe is gearing up for another crack at international swimming glory.

The Hartlepool girl has been named in Great Britain’s 12-strong team for the European Short Course championship in Denmark in December.

Lowe, an Olympic finalist at London 2012 and a World Championship competitor in Barcelona this summer, will race in the 100m and 200m butterfly in Herning.

Her selection is no surprise given her astonishing record in this form of swimming (the races are held in a 25-metre pool compared to the traditional 50-metre lengths).

In five visits to European and World short course championships, J Lo has returned home with EIGHT medals.

l BRONZE in the 2008 Euros 200m butterfly in Rijeka, Hungary.

l BRONZE in the 2008 World 100m butterfly in Manchester and the same colour medal in the 4x100 relay.

l SILVER in the 2010 World 200m butterfly in Dubai, UAE.

l SILVER in the 2011 Euros 100m and 200m butterfly in Szczecin, Poland.

l BRONZE in the 2012 World 100m and 200m butterfly in Istanbul, Turkey.

It is an incredible run and the 23-year-old will be looking to medal again in Denmark.

The former High Tunstall College of Science and English Martyrs Sixth Form College student has recently switched training location.

J Lo had been based at Swansea Intensive Training Centre, where she had successfully worked under coach Bud McAllister following her return to Britain after a spell at the University of Florida.

However, following the World Championships in Barcelona, the 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist has moved down the M4 to Bath.

There she is working with Bath ITC head coach, Dave McNulty, and his assistant, Graeme Antwhistle who, ironically, was coach to Lowe a decade ago when she was representing the Stockton club.

Jemma’s dad Mike told SportMail: “It’s going well at Bath, it looks a very good set-up.

“It’s still early days, but Jemma seems happy with everything there.”

She has missed the current races on the World Cup programme with a back injury but is confident of being fully fit well ahead of the Euros.

Middlesbrough’s Aimee Willmott is also in the GB team for the trip.