The Leicester Mercury recently reported on eight young swimmers who have been selected for the International Children's Games in Taiwan. The swimmers from City of Leicester Swimming Club are due to compete in the 2016 International Children's Games this summer in Taipei City.
All eight youngsters reached the strict qualification criteria, showing their dedication to the sport through their training and competition results. You need to be highly motivated to swim at an international level, the amount of training required to meet qualification times takes real commitment. According to the Leicester Mercury, they are training for over 14 hours every week, with sessions before and after school as well as spending at least 3 hours a week in the gym! Weekends are spent travelling to competitions and swimming at national-level events. So as you can see, they've got a pretty full schedule and swimming is the main focus in their lives.
The Children's Games will take place at the Xinzhuang Civil Sports Centre July 13th-15th. It hosts nine sports altogether including athletics, swimming, tennis, taekwondo, handball, volleyball, basketball and table tennis. They're a proving ground for our future Olympic athletes and a really great opportunity for any hard working young athlete to attend.
Many competitors from the Children's Games move on to the Youth Olympics and then through the various different levels of competition into the adult categories. Attending these type of events can instil a lifelong passion for the sport, helping to shape and define the path that the participants will take in their life in years to come.
The City of Leicester swimmers will have to raise around £1,300 each to participate in the games and they're looking for donations and support.
If you would like to help these young athletes make it to Taiwan and compete on an international level then you can e-mail Heidi Newman at firstname.lastname@example.org