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John Smedley supports Olympic hopeful Imogen Clark

23rd May 2012 | Competitions, Fun, General | Leave a comment

Imogen Clark is a superstar in the making. Daughter of our technical manager Tim Clark, Imogen hopes to compete for a place within the GB squad and represent Great Britain in the next Olympics.  A member of her local swimming club – RYKNELD, Sharley Park Clay Cross nr Chesterfield, Imogen trains with the Derbyshire Elite Squad “Derventio Excel”.

Imogen practices with the DX squad in the pool and on land for over 16 hours per week, covering approximately 30,000 metres in the pool. At a recent Open Swimming Meet at Eckington in May 2011 Imogen beat a record for the 50m freestyle that had stood since 2000,  a record that was held by Britains double Olympic gold medallist, Rebecca Adlington when she was 11. Imogen beat this time by 0.48 seconds to remove Rebecca from the record books.

Imi has qualified for 12 Midlands swims held at Coventry (June) and has also qualified for the British Gas Nationals held at Ponds Forge Sheffield in July. In addition she has also made a current qualifying time for the British Championships.

Imogen will be carrying the Olympic relay torch on June 29th at Buxton.

We will be sure to keep you updated with news and photographs – Watch this space!

Imogen Clark from Alfreton

Torchbearer on 29th June 2012