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South Shields swimmer hopes to follow in strokes of British sporting stars

Rachel Taylor will hope to follow in the footsteps of sporting stars.
Rachel Taylor will hope to follow in the footsteps of sporting stars.

A swimmer from South Tyneside is hoping to make a real splash when she competes in a high profile multi-sport event for school-age athletes later this summer.

Rachel Taylor, of South Shields, will compete at Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games in Manchester between September 3 and 6.

I was shocked at first, but very happy to hear I had been selected for the Sainsbury’s School Games.

Rachel Taylor

The 15-year-old, who is a pupil at Harton Technology College, will represent England North in the swimming competition, and will be one of 1,600 athletes taking part in the Games overall.

Athletes will compete in 12 sports, seven of which include disability disciplines, in the event, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust.

Rachel will get the chance to live in the Athletes’ Village, as well as attend the opening and closing ceremonies and perform in front of a crowd of thousands.

She said: “I was shocked at first, but very happy to hear that I had been selected for the Sainsbury’s School Games.

“My aims are to swim the best I can in the events I have been selected for.

“I am also looking forward to watching the other sports and the opening and closing ceremonies.”

Rachel, who trains with City of Sunderland ASC, will be following in the footsteps of several high-profile athletes by competing at the event.

They include Paralympic champions Hannah Cockroft, Ellie Simmonds and Jonnie Peacock, world-record breaking swimmer Adam Peaty, heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson, World Junior champion heptathlete and high jumper Morgan Lake and sprinter Adam Gemili.