Northants Para - Swimmer Shortlisted for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year
Posted: Thu, 18 Oct 2018 11:15
Northants para - swimmer Maisie Summers - Newton of Northampton Swimming Club has been rewarded for her fantastic performances throughout the 2017 - 18 season by being shortlisted for the prestigious BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award.
The 16 - year - old won 4 gold medals at the National Para - Swimming Championships in Manchester and another at the World Series event in Sheffield where she won the 100m Breaststroke, setting a new S6 World Record for the event in the process.
However the highlight of Maisie's season was winning gold medals in the S6 100m Breaststroke, 200m Individual Medley and 4 X 100m Women's Medley relay at the European Para - Swimming Championships in Dublin. She also won a bronze in the S6 400m Freestyle to give her a total haul of 4 medals which at her first major championships is some achievement.
In the process of winning the 100m Breaststroke she again broke her own World Record, but this time also repeated that feat in the 200m Individual Medley by beating the time set by her idol, para - swimming legend Ellie Simmonds that she'd set at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.
The BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award has been won by some famous athletes over the years including Ellie Simmonds, Wayne Rooney, Tom Daley, Andy Murray and Maisie's Northampton Swimming club mate Eleanor Robinson who won it in 2016. To see the full list of the other athletes that have been shortlisted for the award go to the BBC Sport website. The winner will be announced at the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards this Sunday, 21st October.
Anyone with a disability, or sensory impairment from Northamptonshire who would like to get involed in para - swimming should contact Northampton Swimming Club on 01604 622264 firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.