Year 10 student Eden Warburton is part of Kirklees Active Leisure’s Aquatic Pathway programme and is fast becoming a rising star of the future.
Here is her story in her own words...
I swim for BOK (Borough of Kirklees) and have swum there for five years and have now made it into the top squad (seniors). This involves lots of commitment as I have 22 hours of training a week, including four mornings, meaning having to get up at 5am plus five evening sessions, which are two hours long.
This is a lot of hard work and takes a lot of dedication but it is what I know I need to do as I am working towards international competition.
Earlier last year I represented North East of England swimming in the English Schools (ESSA) which were held in Bristol. These are National Championships held over three days and North East came out the winners for the first time ever.
I felt extremely proud to swim for my region and was thankful to Rastrick High School for supporting me in this.
Over the past four weekends, I have competed in the Yorkshire Championships which is one of several main competitions, coming out with a gold in the 100m backstroke and a silver in the 200m backstroke.
This is the first time I have competed in the 14/15 age category and was pleased to come out with a win.
My aims for the season are to compete at the British Nationals at Sheffield in July and also the Short Course Nationals in December.
Recently, I was sponsored by Marshalls PLC specialised paving company, who were looking to giving sponsorship to young talent.
This will be very helpful as it will help towards a training camp abroad later this year and other important costs which will involve looking at nutrition, development, physiology and also help towards the costs of the events I attend.
I am very thankful to the company as this will help me reach my goals.