Young Aliya making real splash as she targets Manchester success

Brighouse swimmer Aliya Bacakoglu has made fantastic progress in Disability Swimming.

Aliya, 11, has recently competed at The North East Disability Championships held at The Hydro in Harrogate where she competed in seven events.

Aliya, who trains and swims with Brighouse Swimming Club, recorded personal best times and three of her events; 50m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke and 100m Butterfly qualified her for The National Event in December at Manchester Aquatics Centre. Aliya also brought home a bronze medal in the 100m Individual Medley.

Aliya was born with a condition called Dysmelia where one hand did not fully form. Swimming four times with the club, Aliya is making fantastic progress and competes in mainstream competitions alongside her team-mates.

Swimming buddies Emma Sykes and Ellis Kaye said:”‘We are so proud of Aliya, she is a fantastic swimmer and does really well in competitions. We hope she does well at the national competition in December.”

Coaches Ivor Clayton and Brian Smart are delighted with the progress Aliya has made over the last year.

“She gives 100% at training and in competition; Aliya is a pleasure to coach,” they both said in unison.

Mum Sue is also very proud of her daughter, adding: “We are just waiting for confirmation that Aliya may also have secured a qualifying time for the International Disability Competition for 100m Breaststroke which is to be held in Glasgow in April 2016.”