Getting brilliant GCSE results and becoming a World Champion on the same day is quite an achievement. That's what Sport Newcastle scholar, Emily Large, did on Thursday 24th August.
Competing in the 6th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Indianapolis, Emily won the gold medal in the 200m butterfly. In a thrilling race Emily edged out the Japanese swimmer, Hasegawa and fellow British swimmer MacInnes, who took bronze. Emily's time of 2.07.74 also broke the 9 year old championship record.
Afterwards Emily said, "This meant everything to me. I wasn't expecting to come away with a gold medal. Hopefully everyone on our team can feed on that energy and a few more medals will come."
Emily also reached the finals of the 50m and 100m butterfly events (the only girl to reach all 3 finals) missing out on the bronze medal in the 100m by only .02s.
To be successful in such a wide range of distances augers well for Emily's future, as does her set of A and A* GCSE results. Emily will be returning to school in September with some interesting stories to tell her class mates.