A Reigate student made a splash when she swam for Team GB in the 11th European Deaf Swimming Championships in Saransk, Russia. Polly Saines, 15, from Dunottar School, took part in the week-long event recently and finished fifth in the final of the 200 metres butterfly race.

Polly swam in another six races and gained personal bests in 100 metres backstroke, 100 metres breaststroke and 200 metres butterfly. Her mum Alison said: “She had a fantastic time. She swam extremely well and we are proud of her.”

Polly is now training hard in the hope that she will be selected to compete in the World Deaf Championships in San Antonio, Texas, next year.