Stokesley School swimming star takes double-gold in English championships
07 February 2020 | Darren Smith
Stokesley School swimming star, Evie Dilley, is celebrating after taking two golds and a bronze medal in the 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle events at the English School Swimming Association Inter-division Championships. Evie, a Year 8 student, was delighted to represent the North East squad and swam in three team competitions, securing a gold and bronze in these events, helping the team to win the overall championship.
Evie swims for the Middlesbrough Amateur Swimming Club, training at the Neptune Centre in Middlesbrough. She attends a gruelling seven sessions every week, totalling around 13 hours in the water plus three hours’ land training.
Evie commented: “I would love to make a career out of swimming and ultimately go to the Olympics. I have made many friends through swimming and not just from Middlesbrough ASC. I love to compete and enjoy travelling up and down and the country on a weekend to try and swim the best I can.”
Evie regularly competes and every Saturday morning she travels from home at 6:30am to go to Sunderland Aquatics Centre to train with other elite athletes in the North East region, to gain valuable experience of training in a 50 metre pool. Evie was asked to participate on this performance program based on her success in the pool at competitions and her rankings in the UK.
This is not the first taste of success for Evie. Last summer, Evie gained a bronze medal in the English Summer Championships in the 200 backstroke, competing as a 12 year old against the top 24 ranked 12/13 year olds girls for this stroke in the country. Evie acknowledges that her training has always been serious but after scooping her English championship medals her commitment is unconditional. This Summer she is hoping to qualify in the British Summer Championships where she will compete against the best as a 13 year old in the 13/14 year old category.
Tom Harforth, Head Coach at Middlesbrough ASC, commented: “Evie’s commitment and dedication to her swimming is exceptional and her work ethic is first-class. She always arrives at training with a smile on her face and leaves with an even bigger smile on her face. It is evident to see just how much she loves her swimming and it is a pleasure to coach her. Her previous and current achievements, I feel, are just the foundations and these will be the platform for her future successes within the sport. Keep up the good work Evie!”