Hartlepool swimmer Jemma Lowe chases more European short course championship medals

GOING FOR A MEDAL: Great Britain's Jemma Lowe
GOING FOR A MEDAL: Great Britain's Jemma Lowe

JEMMA Lowe has arrived at the European short course championships in Denmark where she will be giving hit her “best shot” at winning more medals.

The Hartlepool swimmer has an amazing record in this form of the sport.

J Lo has won eight medals in just five appearances in European and World short-course championships, which are staged in 25-metre pools rather than the traditional 50-metre venues.

The 23-year-old landed with the Great Britain team last night and will start her campaign tomorrow in Herning with the 200 metres butterfly.

The heats are staged in the morning with the final tomorrow night.

Lowe will have Friday off but will be back in the pool at the Jyske Bank Boxen arena on Saturday for 100 metres butterfly.

The former High Tunstall College of Science and English Martyrs Sixth Form student clinched silver in both the 100 and 200 races at the 2011 Euros in Szczecin, Poland.

Twelve months ago she came home from the World 100m and 200m butterfly in Istanbul, Turkey.

She has been hampered with a back injury which ruled her out of the World Cup series in the autumn and expects fierce competition in Denmark with the best butterfly swimmers in Europe there.

But she does possess a very good pedigree in the short-course events.

Lowe’s training has gone well at her new training base at Bath following the end of her stay at Swansea Intensive Training Centre, where she had successfully worked under coach Bud McAllister.

She now trains in the historic English city with Bath ITC head coach, Dave McNulty, and his assistant, Graeme Antwhistle who had coached her during her teens at Stockton ASC.

Jemma’s dad Mike told SportMail: “She loves Bath and is happy there.

“She’s been a little bit behind with her training after her back injury but she’ll give it her best shot.

“She seems fairly positive about the 100 fly but the 200 could be tough.

“All the main competitors will be there but I think Jemma will hope to make the finals and then take it from there.”

Middlesbrough swimmer Aimee Willmott is also in Denmark as part of the GB team.