Young Coventry swimmers and athletes are reflecting on a successful International Children’s Games (ICG) event which included a bronze medal in the 50m Butterfly. Eighteen students represented Coventry in the games held recently in Kaunas City, Lithuania.
Five swimmers reached the final of their respective events which included 50 metres Fly 200 metres Fly 200 metres Breaststroke and 50 metres Freestyle.
Isobel Holden, 15 from Finham Park School achieved a bronze medal in the 50m Butterfly. She said she is absolutely thrilled at her achievement.
Isobel said: “It was a wonderful experience. I was hopeful of achieving a good time and achieving a bronze medal is very special.
“I’ve been training in the Butterfly since I was 10 years of age. This makes all the hard work worthwhile.”
Anita Ryder from City of Coventry Swimming Club, said: “It was a fantastic experience for all of the athletes who all performed very well with several personal best times achieved.
“It also gave then the opportunity to mix with people from other countries and swap pin badges as well as tracksuits and other items.
“Winning a bronze medal was the icing on the cake for us as well as Isobel. She couldn’t stop smiling the rest of the day.
“It has been several years since we have been able to achieve this due to the tough competition that our athletes and swimmers face every year.”
More than 1,500 children from 90 cities around the world took part in the games.
Coventry was one of the cities representing Britain in the annual sporting event. The squad were made up of young people aged 12-15 year olds, from a range of local schools.
Cllr John Mutton, chair of the Coventry International Children’s Games Committee, said: “We were made to feel very welcome and the young people were a credit to the city. There were lots of great performances and I hope that the experience will stay with them for a very long time.”
The ICG was founded in 1968 with the aim of promoting peace and friendship through sports. It has become the world's largest international multi-sport youth games, and is a recognised member of the International Olympic Committee.
Kaunas City is the second-largest city in Lithuania, with a population of 350,000 - and like Coventry is very student centred. The Capital of Lithuania is Vilnius.
Photo: Isobel Holden.