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Watford swimmer Erin Nabney claimed two medals at the Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games
5:02pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in Sport
After seeing her schoolwork get in the way last year, Watford swimmer Erin Nabney was delighted to put down her pen and pick up medals at the Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games.
This year’s School Games, a major multi-sport event that sees more than 1,600 young athletes compete across 12 sports, moved to Sheffield with Nabney strutting her stuff at Ponds Forge.
Last year’s competition took place at the London 2012 Aquatics Centre as it was used as a test event ahead of the Olympics, however Nabney was absent with her Watford Grammar School for Girls exams taking centre stage.
But the 15-year-old more than made up for the disappointment of missing out on testing the Olympic waters as she climbed the podium not once but twice in the Steel City.
Nabney kicked things off with silver in the 400m individual medley (IM) on Saturday before returning to the water 24 hours later to touch home first in the 200m equivalent in 2.20.09 to take gold.
“I’m really pleased with the gold and that’s what I came out to do really,” she said. “After the silver I did want to get a gold and I managed to do that so I’m pleased.
“I was hoping for it. I went to the European Junior Championships this year for the 200m IM so it’s my main race and I did want to do well. It would have been nice to get gold in the 400m too but there was some good competition so I’m not too upset with a silver.
“I’m really pleased, it’s early in the season and I haven’t been back in training long so to come back and have a positive first swim is a good start.
“It’s tough to start the season with the School Games because there’s no easy way out and you just have to knuckle down and go for it because you might not be in your top form yet.
“I was selected last year but I couldn’t go because of exams, so I was really pleased to come this year as everyone said I missed out last year but this makes up for it.”
Although the water in Sheffield has since settled following the School Games, Nabney is only just getting started.
And after visiting the podium twice in the Steel City, the teenager is confident there is plenty more to come from her future visits to Sheffield.
“I want to keep on improving my time and I want to perform well at the Nationals and hopefully carry on with a good season and see how it goes,” Nabney added.
“I hope I can get more medals at the Nationals and this gives me a lot of confidence because this is the national pool we use so it’s good to get some experience early in the season and know you are going to get better and better throughout.”
The Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, was held in venues across Sheffield from 12-15 September 2013. Visit www.2013schoolgames.com for more information.”
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