Porthcawl swimmer wins two medals at Youth Olympics

Thursday, 6 August 2015

By Tim Chapman

A young wimmer who goes to Porthcawl Comprehensive has returned home with two silver medals from the European Youth Olympic Festival in Tbilisi in Georgia.

Rebecca Sutton (14) was second in the 400m individual medley in 4:55.65, and then took a second silver in the girls’ 4x100m medley relay alongside Caitlin Hubbard, Ellinor Southward and Katie Robertson.

Rebecca swam the freestyle leg and the team came home in 4:16.14, just behind Slovenia.

Rebecca said: “It’s been a really good week and an amazing experience.”

Rebecca continued:?“In the 400m medley I didn’t think I swam my best in the heats. There were quite tough conditions but in the final I was really pleased to get my form back and win the silver medal.

“To then finish on the podium with the girls in the relay was a great way to finish the week. To spend the week in Tbilisi has been amazing. It’s been great to get to know other people from different countries and sports.

“It’s such a different environment but it’s all great experience for future events

“I’d love to come back and be part of Team GB in the future and go further in my career.

“I go to the Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa next year to swim for Wales.”

Team GB returned from the Tbilisi 2015 European Youth Olympic Festival with 20 medals, four gold, eight silver and eight bronze from its time in Georgia, finishing seventh in the medals table.

Gymnastics took 10 medals, swimming eight and cycling two.

Team GB’s Chef de Mission for Tbilisi 2015 was former modern pentathlete Heather Fell, who won silver at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

She said: “The whole team has been great, from the coaches and staff through to the athletes, we all bonded really well and we’ve had some great results and performances too.

“The experience the athletes have had is incredible. To have been able to live in an athlete’s village and compete at this high standard in brand new sports facilities is brilliant for their development.

“It’s had the feel of an Olympic Games, which is a huge learning curve for them.”

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