Kinley to compete with the best of British

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Isle of Man Sport Aid recipient Laura Kinley is contesting the 2013 British Swimming Championships in Sheffield this week.

This is the World Swimming Championships selection trials which take place next month in Barcelona.

Rather than a two-stage selection process which has happened previously - initial trials in March then a second chance in June - this year’s British Champs will be the one and only event to qualify for the World Champs.

St Ninian’s High School student Laura is the only Manx swimmer taking part in the event and will compete in both the 50m and 100m breaststroke events.

She will be accompanied by island head coach Lee Holland who commented: ‘It has been a particularly difficult year finding a balance for Laura around such a busy schedule of national and international competition, and her first year of A-levels.

‘It is to her credit that she continues to achieve the standards that she is currently performing at. Isle of Man Swimming Club is very proud of the new levels of exposure from our leading swimmers such as Laura and the reactions we are starting to get when they compete.’

Laura, who is the current Isle of Man Under-21 Sportswoman of the Year, will line up against many top British women swimmers, including several who competed for Team GB in the London 2012 Olympics.

Plenty of world class swimmers will be heading to Ponds Forge for this year’s champs, not least Olympic medalist Michael Jamieson, World Champions Liam Tancock, Keri-Anne Payne and world short course champion Hannah Miley.

On her way home from the British Championships Laura will represent the north west region at the English Schools Swimming Championships in Liverpool before heading off to the NatWest Island Games in Bermuda on July 8.

Laura is supported by Isle of Man Sport Aid, Cavendish Scholarship and Microgaming. She is grateful for their continued support to enable her to attend all these important competitions as she trains towards her goal of representing the Isle of Man at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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