Proud family will cheer J-LO on

THE proud family of Hartlepool swimmer Jemma Lowe will cheer her on as she goes for Olympic glory in London.

Jemma will compete against the best in the world for Team GB in the 200-metre butterfly on Tuesday, July 31.

She will be cheered on from the sidelines by her supportive family and friends.

Watching her will be dad Mike, 54, mum Janet, 52, who works for Halifax, in Sunderland, and big sister Naomi, 25.

Her family will travel to the Olympic Park in Stratford, East London, on Monday ready for Jemma’s big moment on Tuesday morning.

Mike, 54, a retail area manager, said: “When we get down there and on the day I’m sure we will all be excited and nervous, but I am trying not to think of it at the moment.

“We are all really proud of her, it’s difficult to put into words.

“Everybody has something in their life they feel emotional about or an achievement whether it is yourself or someone close to you.

“Just the fact that Jemma has made the team is great.”

Jemma, 22, could also be chosen to compete in the medley team featuring a mix of different swimming styles including the butterfly, breast stroke, back and front crawls.

It will be her second successive Olympics after competing in Beijing four years ago.

Mike, of the West Park area of Hartlepool, added: “I think this time she will enjoy the experience more than the first time around and she will be able to take it all in.

Jemma, who is based in Swansea, will race at the Olympic Park Aquatics Centre at around 10.20am on Tuesday.