Wisbech swimming sensation bags Fenland Sports Stars of the Future success

TEENAGE swimming sensation Liam Knight has been named as the first winner in the Fenland Sports Stars of the Future Campaign as he continues to push for an Olympic call-up.

The 16-year-old has this morning completed a gym induction at the Hudson Leisure Centre, in Wisbech, after being awarded free use of all Fenland District Council leisure facilities.

Knight, from Wisbech, is a member of the England Talent Programme and is one of the leading 200m backstroke swimmers for his age group in the country.

The sports stars campaign, run by the council in conjunction with the Cambs Times/Wisbech Standard, aims to help Fenland’s most talented youngsters develop their skills.

Knight said: “Free use of the gym is going to be a lot of help. I’m going to be training here all the time and it’s going to play a big part in what I do in the future.

“I’m still hoping to get into the Olympic team. I’ve got a long way to go but there’s always a chance.”

Knight is due to attend an England training camp this weekend, as he steps up his preparations for the regional championships next month.

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Verity Allen, leisure projects officer at the council, said: “Liam really impressed us from the start with his determination and commitment to his sport.

“He’s achieved such a great deal and he’s only 16. He really is a great role model for the youngsters of Fenland.”

• There is still time to reward more talented sports prospects from across the Fens. Applicants must be aged 14-18 and should be affiliated to a professional club or have played at a regional or national level.

To apply fill in the entry form on the Fenland Sports Stars of the Future section of our website.

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