Paralympic swimmers Susie Rodgers, Amy Marren and Tully Kearney have all been selected for the Rio Games later this year. We couldn’t pick one, so we’ve decided to give them a joint athlete of the month for May. All three athletes are ambassadors of the GLL Sport Foundation and we’re very excited to see what they can achieve out in Rio.
Susie Rodgers has been supported by GLL for over 5 years now and does some of her training at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre which she gets access to free of charge. Susie has also used the London Aquatics Centre for some of her training which is also run by GLL. Susie has won over 20 international medals to date, so it was no surprise when she was selected for Rio. At the IPC European Championships Susie won five gold medals, anchoring her place in the Great Britain Squad and showing why she was selected. Susie was part of the relay squad that won gold and said, “It means the world, these girls were amazing. I always need them to give me a great leg and they really did and they gave me such a lead so I just needed to hang on.” We look forward to seeing Susie compete out in Rio and add some more medals to her impressive tally.
Amy Marren was ill throughout the 2015 season and has made an amazing comeback to be selected as part of Team GB out in Rio. At only 17 years old, Amy has already broken on to the senior circuit winning international medals. Amy currently holds British records in the 200m Backstroke (S9) and the 800m Freestyle (S9). At London 2012, Amy made her Games debut as one of the youngest athletes in ParalympicsGB. She recorded personal best times in all of her events and qualified for two Paralympic finals. Four years on, we look forward to seeing what Amy can achieve in Rio.
Tully Kearney is also still young, at 19 years old broke onto the international scene in 2015 with four gold medals at the World Championships in Glasgow and has booked her place at her first Paralympics in Rio. Kearney’s most impressive year to date has been 2015, she set a series of personal bests and won MC 100m Butterfly bronze at the 2015 British Para-Swimming International Meet in Glasgow, earning her a spot at the 2015 World Championships, also in Glasgow. Having been reclassified to S9, Kearney was one of the stars of the IPC World Championships winning four golds, one silver and one bronze medal, setting European records in 400m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly and 200m Individual Medley. We look forward to Tully competing at her first Paralympics and are confident she will do well.
We’re very happy to be supporting these three ambassadors and wish them the best of luck in the build up to Rio. Congratulations to a fantastic round of performances in May!