Teenage Leeds swimmer heading to Rio

A 17-year-old City of Leeds swimmer has become the youngest member of Team GB’s Olympic Swimming Team for the Rio Olympics.

Georgia Coates, a student at Prince Henry’s Grammar School in Otley, proved her talent throughout 2015 with a silver medal win in the 400m individual medley and a bronze medal in the 200m individual medley at the World Junior Championships.

The team was picked after the swimmers earned their selection following their performances at the British Championships in Glasgow.

Coates will be joined in Rio by other ex-students of Prince Henry’s: Lizzie Armitstead (cycling) and Qais Ashfaq (boxing).

Georgia Coates, the youngest member of Team GB's swimming team Image Source: Prince Henry's Grammar School

Georgia Coates, the youngest member of Team GB’s swimming team
Image Source: Prince Henry’s Grammar School

Head teacher of Prince Henry’s Janet Sheriff said: “We are enormously proud of Georgia, she has worked so hard throughout her school career, successfully balancing her training with strong academic performance, in order to achieve this selection. It is extremely well deserved.”

“It is fantastic to have such inspiring role models for all our students, illustrating how outstanding achievement can be secured with hard work, high levels of commitment, focus, and resilience.”

Prince Henry’s Grammar School is launching a new flexible Sporting Excellence programme, which will help students who are at the top of their sport balance training and development with their Sixth Form studies.

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