Record-breaking Reigate student training hard for European championships

Record-breaking Reigate student Polly Saines is celebrating after being recognised for her swimming achievements – and after picking up more medals.

Polly, 15, who goes to Dunottar School, competed at the Junior Disability Swimming Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield recently, and made a splash.

After winning four silver and two bronze medals, she was also awarded certificates for breaking British Deaf Swimming age group records in 50 metres backstroke on January 11, 2014, in the 400 metres individual medley event on December 13, last year, and in the 800 metres freestyle a week earlier.

She gained a medal in all of the six races at Sheffield, winning four silver medals in 100 metres freestyle, 200 metres individual medley, 100 metres individual medley and 100 metres breaststroke. She also won two bronze medals in 100 metres backstroke and 50 metres freestyle. Her mum, Alison Saines, said: “Polly is training hard, working towards the European Deaf Swimming Championships to be held in Saransk, Russia, in June 2014. “We are extremely proud of her.”

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