World leader Louise Fiddes looking to bring European medal to Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 09:00 03 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:01 03 July 2018

Hatfield Swimming Club's Louise Fiddes will compete alongside Bethany Firth at the European Para-swimming Championships in Dublin. Picture: British Swimming

Hatfield Swimming Club's Louise Fiddes will compete alongside Bethany Firth at the European Para-swimming Championships in Dublin. Picture: British Swimming

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A Hatfield teenager is looking to continue her sparkling world form when she takes on Europe's best at the World Para Swimming Allianz European Championship.

Louise Fiddes is only 17 but will make her senior British debut at the championships in Dublin next month.

This comes after she earned 4,041 points across the World Para-Swimming World Series, coming out almost 100 points ahead of her nearest competition, Canada’s three-time Paralympic champion Aurelie Rivard.

And the S14 Hatfield Swimming Club star is hoping to build on this success.

She said: “I’m really excited about being in the European’s squad.

“Even though I got three A qualification times I didn’t think I would make the team, but it is so nice to see my name on that list with some really great swimmers.

“At Sheffield my 100m breaststroke event was my favourite as I got a PB by two seconds.”

It was this form that led Louise to top the table of women’s performances in the World Series and has given her confidence to go up against more experienced team mates at the Europeans.

She added: “I feel so honoured to be part of this team because I used to look at Bethy and Jessica and think I wanted to be like them, and now I’m racing against them.

“I would love to medal in the 100m breaststroke, ideally a PB and a medal.

“I’m also excited about being on a team with Ellie Simmonds. She has been so nice and given me some useful advice.”

And while she is focused on Dublin, the teenager’s mind is already thinking about the next challenge.

“Tokyo is definitely in my mind and the Europeans are a great step forwards towards it,” she admitted.

The World Para Swimming Allianz European Championships will take place at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin from August 13 to 19.

More than 550 swimmers from 37 countries are set to take part.

It will be the first major international para-sport event to take place in Ireland.

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