Bright future for young Epsom Olympians

9:40am Saturday 18th February 2012

By Lauren May

Epsom and Ewell Council has congratulated two young athletes who have had a fantastic sporting start to the New Year.

Georgia Smith, 13, from Blenheim High School, an Epsom District swimmer, has been ranked number 4 in the country for her age group after qualifying for the British Gas Swimming Champions, part of the Olympic selection trials, in the 50m freestyle.

She achieved a time of 28.56 at the South East Zonals guaranteeing her place at the Olympic trials which will take place at the Aquatics Centre on the Olympic Park where she will share the pool with double Olympic Champion Rebecca Adlington.

Speed skater Aydin Djemal, 15, also from Blenheim High School, has also achieved Olympic success after returning from the Winter Youth Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria where he won a silver medal as part of a mixed team relay.

Aydin also finished 10th in the 1,000m breaking the under 16 British record, and was 13th in the 500m. A former P&G Surrey Youth Games competitor, Aydin will be returning to help with the competitions preparations when he completes work experience with Epsom and Ewell Council later this year.

Councillor Jan Mason, chairman of the leisure committee said: "Georgia and Aydin are exceptional athletes and we are very proud of their achievements. Their dedication and commitment is an inspiration to us all and we wish them well for the future."

For more information on sporting activities in your area or to register for the P&G Surrey Youth Games contact the council's leisure developments team on 01372 732000, email leisuredevelopmentsteam@epsom-ewell.gov.uk, or visit epsom-ewell.gov.uk/surreyyouthgames

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