Sixteen of Team GB’s future swimmers travelled to Georgia to compete at the Tbilisi 2015 European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF 2015).
All the swimmers are aged between 13 and 17 years old and for many this was their first experience of competing in a multi-sport event, and for those with their sights set on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the event provided a great opportunity for athlete development.
A total of eight medals were won - three silver and five bronze, by seven of the swimmers, with Sophie Hobbah (main picture) winning two individual medals.
13-year-old Hobbah, who swims for City of Leeds, said: “This is the biggest competition that I’ve done and my first international, so it’s been a really good experience. I would love to do something like this again. I need to keep on training hard to try to make it happen.”
Left: Annalea Davison, Right: Emily Large
200m Butterfly - Emily Large (Newcastle Swim Team)
400m IM - Rebecca Sutton (Bridgend County Swim Squad)
4x100m Medley Relay - Ellinor Southward (Ellesmere College Titans), Katie Robertson (South Ayrshire), Caitlin Hubbard (Soulihull SC), Rebecca Sutton (Bridgend County Swim Squad)
100m Backstroke - Ellinor Southward (Ellesmere College Titans)
200m Backstroke - Sophie Hobbah (City of Leeds)
200m IM- Sophie Hobbah (City of Leeds)
400m Freestyle - Annalea Davison (Newcastle Swim Team)
100m Breaststroke - Katie Robertson (South Ayrshire)