City of Cambridge swimmer Ellie Winter came away with a silver medal from the Sainsburys’ UK schools games. This was a fantastic opportunity for Ellie who gained the prestigious call up for team England East earlier in the year.
This national competition gives elite school age youngsters the chance to compete against the top athletes from across the nation, and is a full meet with an opening and closing ceremony and athletes’ parade. The aim is to give the sports stars of he future a taste of the full games environment at huge multi sport games, by staying in an athlete’s village, and learning to compete as a team.
Along side the sporting competition there were talks from elite athletes such as Gail Emms, Darren Cambell, Tash Denvers, and Jonathon Edwards to give inspiration and advice to the young competitors. In addition Chris Cook, a commonwealth medalist in the 200m breastroke, mentored the swimming team.
Swimming in the team relay events Team East, took second place in the 400m medley relay where Ellie was called upon to swim the 100m freestyle leg which she accomplished in a time of 59.51 seconds.
In the 400m freestyle team relay Team East were pushed to 4th place by the narrowest of margins after they finished .08 seconds behind third place team England North with Ellie setting the fastest time within the Quartet swimming her 100m leg in 59.38 seconds.
The final race for Ellie at the games was in the 800m freestyle relay event, in which, team East placed fourth again, Ellie set a time of 2.10.95 for the 200m leg.
City of Cambridge Head Coach James Freezer commended Ellie for her performances, “Coming just after the summer break it was hard for Ellie to jump straight into high level competition, but she did really well, her times were very good for this early in the season, and to come away with a medal is fantastic, and shows great promise for the new season. Most importantly the experience she gained at this meet is invaluable preparation for the future.”
A one hour highlights programme from the games will go out on Channel 4 on the 18 September at 7.00am and on Channel 4+1 at 8.00am