THERE is definitely something in the water in Brighouse when it comes to turning out good swimmers. Yet another 10-year-old girl is the fastest in the country for her specialist field.
Jessica Manning, who lives in Hove Edge and attends Bradford Girls Grammar, was always going to have a sporting gene with both parents David and Jassmine being PE teachers and her dad also playing water polo.
In the recent Yorkshire Championships Jessica came away with three golds, three silvers and three bronze medals for the 200 metre individual medley, 200 metre breastroke and 50 metre breastroke.
In the 200 metre breastroke she also knocked off milliseconds on the National Qualifying time, but is too young to enter by a year.
Originally at Kirklees, the opportunity arose for her to join the National Squad and so she now swims for the City of Leeds and trains six times a week in the pool with one of them starting at 5am.
Not only is Jessica quick in the water she has just won the Yorkshire Biathlon for under 12s and qualified for the Nationals this month in Birmingham.
It consists of 50-metre swim and 100-metre run and so on top of training in the pool she also trains twice a week for the running.
Exhausted just thinking about it, her mum and dad have a lot of hard work to do taking her to all her training sessions, but admit that it is worth the miles and the early starts.
“I don’t know of any other sport that has to train to such an extent. Jessica is so driven and so the hard work of running her around is worthwhile,” said mum Jassmine.
“Her hero is Rebecca Adlington and we have applied for tickets to the Olympics for the 800 metre final. Everything crossed that we are lucky enough to get them as the race is on the day of Jessica’s birthday and if Rebecca is in the final it would be a dream come true for her.”