Super swimmer Megan scoops another haul of international medals

Megan Atkinson with her latest batch of medals.
Megan Atkinson with her latest batch of medals.

SHE’S done it again – super swimmer Megan Atkinson has scooped another haul of international medals to add to her growing collection of accolades.

She picked up a staggering five silvers, two bronzes and a gold during the National Youth and Junior Disability Swimming Championships 2014, held at Pond’s Forge, in Sheffield.

And even though she is not 14 until December, she competed in the 14-16 age group.

Even so, she can not rest yet – she is training hard for a massive international Para-Swimming event happening in Glasgow next month.

Megan’s latest haul of medals add to her long list of sporting achievements.

Megan, a pupil at St Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School, in Peterlee, was named Young Female Achiever at this year’s North East Disability Sports Awards.

At Pond’s Forge, her silver medals came in the 100m and 400m freestyle, the 100m and 200m individual medley and the 50m butterfly stroke.

She took bronze in the 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke. Her gold was as part of the North-East team’s women’s multi-classification 400m freestyle 34-point race against teams from six other regions.

Megan’s proud dad, Kevin, said: “I’m so proud of Megan for what she has achieved so far in her swimming career.

“But she has not got time to relax as she is in full training with her coach, Gill Hume, on the build-up to the British Para-Swimming International Meet at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre, in Glasgow, between April 18 and 21.”

Kevin, who is married to Sarah and also dad to Emily and Isobel and lives with his family in the Oakerside Park area of Peterlee, said the meet is one of the largest open competitions of its kind in the world. Last year it attracted more than 300 swimmers from 40 countries.

The haul of medals tops off a fantastic 12 months for Megan, who also brought back a clutch of medals in the World Dwarf Games, held in Michigan, USA, last August.