Five gold rings for swim ace
Thursday, 15th February 2001.
DAWN Jason claimed an amazing five gold medals at a top international event in Switzerland.
The West Suffolk club ace, who lives in Great Bradley, took pole position in the 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke and 200m individual medley.
The highly-rated 13-year-old was representing Wales at the event in Geneva. It was by far her best performance bearing in mind the competition which came from Europe and Africa, including top young swimmers from Scotland, England, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Egypt.
She completed the 100m freestyle in 1min 01.04sec; the 200m freestyle in 2min 10.99sec; the 100m backstroke in 1min.08sec; and the 200m backstroke in 2min 24sec.
The teenager, a pupil at Samuel Ward Upper School, Haverhill, even surprised herself. ''I was hoping to win the backstroke, my main stroke," she said, "but I was not sure about the others because it was a difficult competition.''
She admitted some of the events were close but she won her favoured races, the backstroke events, by between two and three seconds.
"In the last event I did not know if I would win it or not because I was really tired," she said. "But I just got it together and did it."
Jason, who has been swimming since she was five, practises at the Haverhill Leisure Centre and was a member of the Haverhill Hurricanes before it was amalgamated to form the West Suffolk club.
Suffolk-born Jason first represented Wales - her father Robert is Welsh - a year ago and has another big test, the Youth Olympic trials, in nine weeks.
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