Olympic hopeful Jemma Lowe making big splash at right time

Gemma Lowe photographed in her Hartlepool home. Picture by FRANK REID
Gemma Lowe photographed in her Hartlepool home. Picture by FRANK REID

HARTLEPOOL’S Jemma Lowe is beginning to make a big splash at just the right time.

Climbing to third in the world rankings courtesy of personal best times in the 100m and 200m butterfly at last weekend’s National Championships, the former English Martyrs pupil is swimming faster than ever.

And bearing in mind the widely-held theory which puts female swimmers at the peak of their powers between the age of 22 and 23, Lowe, having just turned 21, should yet be open to significant improvement.

She will be slap bang in the middle of that supposed peak period when the Olympics land in London next summer.

And dad Mike believes that his daughter has every chance of making a big impact on the grandest sporting stage of all.

“The timing of the London Olympics couldn’t be better for Jemma,” he told SportMail.

“She’ll be 22-and-a-half years old for the games and will hopefully be at the peak of her abilities.

“It’s a very hard sport on the body and to have swam from such an early age means female swimmers generally reach their best at about 22.

“So for her to have the Olympics in England at that stage of her career is a fantastic opportunity.

“She’s getting better and better, her times prove that, and I firmly believe there’s a lot of improvement left in her.

“More importantly Jemma really believes that and the beauty is we don’t yet know how good she can be.”

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