SPORTS-MAD Emily Fairbrother is as big a success in the swimming pool as she is on the netball pitch.
The 11-year-old has already been selected to play netball for Lancashire. And she is now proving a star for Pioneer 79 Swimming Club as she became one of their first members for some time to reach the national finals.
Emily qualified for the 100m breast stroke final of the Cheestrings BAGCAT National Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. Emily swam a personal best of 1.25.32 to reach the final where she came ninth overall.
"Considering she swam against swimmers from all over the country as well as overseas, she did extremely well," said Ruth Marriner of Pioneer 79. "Hopefully she will be the first of many to reach the nationals."
The swimmers at Pioneer 79 are currently benefiting from the establishment of the new national squad under head coach Jim Whittle.
"This, combined with land training and sessions with our new technique coach, ex-British swimmer Nick Moore, is certainly starting to produce results, sooner than expected," added Ruth.