Swimmer Rosie collects eight gold medals at North Midland championships

ROSIE Grain dominated her age group at the North Midlands Swimming Championships held in Cheshire over two weekends.

An unstoppable Rosie, from Werrington, came away with eight gold medals from the championships staged at the Macclesfield Leisure Centre.

The Newcastle ASC swimmer was unbeatable in the Girls’ 12 years age group over 200 metres, winning the breaststroke, backstroke, freestyle and butterfly events at the distance.

Rosie’s outstanding performances earned her two silver and one bronze medal and led to her claiming the Top Girl award for her age group.

Her most outstanding win, however, came in the 800m freestyle, which she had swum only once before.  It saw her knock full 20 seconds off her previous time.

As a result is Rosie now No1 in the West Midlands and 17th in Britain for the 800m freestyle at her age group.
The 12 year old’s other wins came in the 50m butterfly and 400m freestyle and individual medley events.
“I’m really happy I did a lot of good times, and I’m really happy to be best in the West Midlands for my age group in the 800 metres freestyle, though this could change at any time,” said Rosie, who trains six days a week at Newcastle Baths under the supervision of coach Jill Jones.
She began competition swimming with Leek ASC three years ago and represented the club at last year’s North Midland Championships.

However, for health reasons Rosie, a pupil at St Edward’s Academy, in Leek, moved to the Newcastle club last year.
“Rosie was having problems with asthma at the Leek pool, because of the conditions, but she’s much better now,” explained dad Anthony.

The problems relating to the air conditioning at the Leek pool have been resolved since.
Rosie has enjoyed swimming since being taught as a toddler by her mum and dad.
Mum Sophie said: “It all started when she was about four and we were on holiday in Malta. She said she no longer wanted to wear an armband and dived into the long pool. She was a real water baby and has never looked back since.”