Meet Izzy – the fastest 14-year-old swimmer in Britain

By Josh, 15, Jill Dando News

Brilliant Izzy is the fastest 14 year old female swimmer in Britain with her eyes firmly set on the 2024 Olympics.

The sensational swimmer of Worle Community School Academy (WCSA) in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset has recorded years of sensational race times and gold medal victories.

The former Worlebury Primary School pupil has been winning races and achieving times a year ahead of her age setting her on course for swimming stardom.

She is also Under 15s junior south west champion for both the 100m and 200m Freestyle events.

In 2020 she brilliantly qualified for the Olympic trials, but had to pull out because of COVID-19 restrictions, and is now eager to make the 2024 Olympic Games.

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She now now received another award – the prestigious WCSA Sports Captain badge – for outstanding attitude, hard work, and enthusiasm both academically and in sports.

Izzy said: “I would absolutely love to be an Olympic champion. When I started swimming at age 6 I realised how much I loved the sport. 

“I started competing at age 9 and quickly started to win gold medals in very fast times.

“I train incredibly hard with 12 hours in the pool each week and two hours training on land.”

Principal Jacqui Scott said: “Izzy is an exceptionally high attaining student both academically and with her swimming pursuits. 

“She is incredibly driven and hardworking and she is a superb role model for the younger students.

“She thoroughly deserves all the success she gets and we are delighted to honour her with a Sports Captain Badge.”

WCSA is part of The Priory Learning Trust (TPLT)

Since becoming part of TPLT in 2016, the Academy has seen many campus improvements including a £400,000 refurbished auditorium and sports hall.

The Academy has a wonderful caring and high achieving ethos, excellent extracurricular provision including the Jill Dando News Centre and the groundbreaking eco-club Climate Justice Revolution. 

The WCSA motto is ‘We Challenge and Support to Achieve’, resulting in students who thrive in all areas.

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