Emily Dean (Year 11, McClure) and the Enfield Water Polo Club team achieved a record-breaking time to claim gold in the UK Cold Water Swimming Championships, beating 65 other teams. The event, which was held at Tooting Bec Lido in January, was swum in water measuring just 3° Celsius (air temperature was down to 1°C) and contestants are not allowed to wear wetsuits! The team were presented with their medals by the Mayor of Wandsworth.
Emily has been swimming competitively since she was 6. She has competed in County and Regional Championships every year since she was ten and at National Level since she was 11, qualifying for National Age Group Championships in the past at both 800m and 1500m freestyle. In 2006 Emily was a National Age Group Finalist in the 1500m freestyle, and finished 7th. She currently trains for 14 hours a week with Hatfield Swimming Club coached by Nick Juba and Sean Bailey, and swims up to 21,000m per week.
Emily’s emphasis in swimming is now moving towards open water swimming, an Olympic discipline. She is planning to swim in a number of open water events in the UK this summer, including the Epic Lake series 500m race in Ullswater in July and the Speedo series 800m swim in the Thames at Marlow in August.