A FORMER Fred Longworth High School pupil is heading to Samoa this September after being selected to represent England at the Youth Commonwealth Games.
Lewis Clough has been selected for the games which take place between September 5 and 12 thanks to a string of successes in the pool.
It’s been a really challenging season in the first year of my A levelsLewis Clough
The 16-year-old will also jet to New Zealand for a training camp in Auckland ahead of the games, adding a further highlight on an already impressive CV which includes medals for Great Britain at the Youth Olympics.
Clough, who swims for City of Salford Swimming Club was named in a squad which England Programmes team leader Grant Robins will be successful. He said: “The swimmers that have been selected have proven they have what it takes to compete at this level and will see this event as another stepping stone towards larger international competitions.
“This event is ideally placed for gaining experience for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, I am very happy with the athletes selected. We will prepare professionally and I think they will all be going into the competition feeling positive, confident and aiming to win medals.”
Clough started swimming at the age of four, and his favourite events include the 50m and 100m freestyle.
On being selected he said: “I am very proud to be selected to represent England at the games in Samoa , especially as it’s been a really challenging season in the first year of my A levels.
“I owe a lot to my coach John Stout who has helped me achieve the high standard required for this international event and in my overall development as an athlete and I hope all the hard work will result in medals for England in Samoa in September.”