Schoolgirl from Northampton to represent Team GB in Brazil

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A 14-year-old swimmer from Northampton has been selected to represent Great Britain in Brazil next week.

Ellie Robinson, from Great Houghton, will be among eight athletes and swimmers competing in the 2015 Brazil Paralympic School Games in Natal.

Robinson, who is studying at Northampton High School, only started para-swimming in 2012. She trains at Northampton Swimming Club and will compete in five events: the 50m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 100m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 100m butterfly.

Ellie said being in Brazil, where the next Paralympic Games will take place, would be an invaluable experience.

She said: “Swimming plays a really important part of life, and I love racing.

“I’m really looking forward to getting to Brazil and starting the competition. It’s a small team, but I know that we will put in some good performances.

“I think that being part of a multi-sport event will give me good experience for the future, and I think we will pick up lots of tips and things that will help us improve.”

Ellie’s coach, Andy Sharp, said: “Ellie is a great athlete and is really dedicated to every aspect of the sport.

“She works really hard, and I know she will learn a lot from her trip to Brazil.

“She loves racing so will go in there and give her all every time she steps on to the blocks. I want to wish the whole team well and look forward to seeing the results.”

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said competing in Brazil will get Ellie and the team used to competing in international competition.

She said: “I’d like to congratulate Ellie for being selected to represent Great Britain in the Brazil Paralympic School Games. She has earned her place through determination, hard work and, of course, raw sporting ability.

“It’s events like this, where our talented young athletes get to experience what it’s like to compete in international competition, that can help them progress in the future.

“I look forward to hearing how Ellie and the team get on, and wish them the very best of luck in Brazil.”