Hartlepool swimmer Jemma Lowe loses GB funding but will carry on with career

GOLDEN GIRL: Jemma Lowe (left) at the Euros with her GB relay team-mates
GOLDEN GIRL: Jemma Lowe (left) at the Euros with her GB relay team-mates

JEMMA Lowe has had the plug pulled on her funding by British swimming bosses – but she’s vowed to carry on.

The Hartlepool girl is one of seven swimmers to have been dropped from the podium squad.

J Lo has experienced a roller-coaster ride over the last year.

The 24-year-old reached four major finals, including winning a bronze medal at the European Short course Championships last December and striking gold with the Great Britain relay team who broke the 4x100m relay world record at the Euros during the summer.

But Lowe finished outside the individual medals during the summer, finishing sixth in 100 and 200 metre butterfly finals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and was also sixth in the 100 fly at the European Championship.

Lowe is fighting on and will remain based at the Intensive Training Centre in Bath where she will continue working with coaches Dave McNulty and Grahame Antwhistle.

Jemma’s dad, Mike, told SportMail: “She will battle on.

“She has gone through all the emotions.

“It has been a pretty bad year and we probably did not expect to get funded.

“But it’s still hard when the news comes and for Jemma it’s like a feeling of ‘so you are writing me off then’.

“It’s ruthless but it’s the same in any sport, there is only so much money to go around.

“But Jemma is determined to carry on and she has the Worlds to aim for next April.

“She didn’t feel it was right to go out on a low note.

“It is a case now of pressing the reset button and going again.

“She’ll still train at Bath and will have the ITC facilities there, plus she’ll still be trained by Dave and Grahame.

“The coaches feel she has a future which is great.

“She’ll train hard and work towards the world trials in the spring. If she performs as she wants then she’ll carry on but if it doesn’t go well, then she’ll probably call it a day.”

British Swimming bosses have announced their new squads and there is no place for Lowe, Sophie Allen, Adam Brown, Daniel Fogg, Roberto Pavoni, Robbie Renwick, and Liam Tancock.

Mike added: “The funding is performance related.

“There are so many swimmers in the system and not enough money to go around.

“They have funded the people who have met the targets and they have included younger ones with potential.

“Unfortunately, Jemma has been one of the victims of the changes.

“The main thing she will miss is that she will not be included in any camps the GB squad go to.

“She could go but she’d have to pay for it herself.

“Jemma’s been told she will not be selected for the world short-course championship either this winter which is a shame.

“She’s not had a great year and niggling injuries have played their part.

“But she’s still in there battling away.”