Darwent's Games Call-Up Really Is Sam-Thing Else!

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Darwent's Games Call-Up Really Is Sam-Thing Else!


Byline: SWIMMING Craig Johns Sports reporter craig.johns@trinitymirror.com

NEWCASTLE teenage swimming sensation Georgia Darwent is in Samoa this week representing England in the Commonwealth Youth Games.

The 17-year-old faces a busy seven days as she competes in four pool events and has described the opportunity as a 'huge privilege.' Darwent, a member of the Newcastle Swim Team, will contest the 400m and 800m freestyle events as well as the 4x100m and 4x200m relays in the Games, which began yesterday.

Before heading out she told the Chronicle: "It is a huge privilege to be able to represent England in this competition.

"I have represented Great Britain a few times now but this is another opportunity for me and I am really excited to compete over there.

"This is the next step up towards the real Commonwealth Games and that would be my next goal so I hope this gives me the experience.

"I hope I can then go on to represent England in the actual Games some day."

Darwent continued: "I really enjoy swimming.

"I have loads of friends within the sport now and it offers me the opportunity to travel all over the world competing, which is really exciting. "You get to experience different cultures around the world and it isreally interesting.

"Competing in the sport has built me as a person as well as an athlete."

Darwent will be busy in the Pacific island nation but she is certainly prepared.

On top of studying for her A-levels, the swimmer manages to find time to train for two hours in the pool nine to 10 times a week - with three gym sessions a week too.

Of her hopes for the competition she said: "I have competed three years in a row at the British Championships. …

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