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Solihull swimmer Charlotte has eyes on Commonweath Games

Correspondent 27th Jun, 2021

HAVING got up close and personal with Great Britain’s biggest swimming stars, Solihull star Charlotte Rigg has high hopes of joining them in Birmingham next year, writes Bradley West.

The 19-year-old swimmer, who turns out for club sides Blythe Barracudas and City of Birmingham as well as for the West Midlands, has made waves at local, regional and county level in her short career – breaking a number of junior and even senior records along the way.

And the 200m breaststroke ace then went on to represent GB at European and World Junior Championship-level.

But, her biggest step came recently when competing alongside Olympic legends and medal hopes alike at the British Swimming Selection Trials – an experience she believes can aid her development as she targets appearing at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

“That was a great experience – it was really hard after Covid with limited training and access to the pool but I’ve learnt a lot from it. The last time I competed before this was March 2020,” Rigg said.

“You can use the swimmers around you to your advantage as a marker of where you need to be in a couple of years’ time.

“A home Commonwealths is pretty special but a home, home Commonwealths for me would be pretty awesome.

“That’s a mid-term goal for me but I’m just looking at the bigger picture. For me, the Olympics in four years’ time and not just focusing on the Commonwealths, but that would be a great step on the journey for me.”

Rigg’s career in the pool is helped by a partnership between Entain – owner of Ladbrokes and Coral – and SportsAid which provides vital funding for training, travel, equipment and access to mentoring.

The investment is supported by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and is helping push the young star along as she bids to emulate her hero Rebecca Adlington in earning Olympic glory.

It has been a rapid journey for Rigg from her beginnings in the sport, learning to swim as a life skill at the age of five to training six times a week and competing on the world stage.

“I remember watching her [Adlington] in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics when I was younger,” she added.

“She was the first British female swimmer to win two Olympic golds at a Games for 100 years and then obviously followed it up in London four years later. She was so inspiring.”

Entain, owner of Ladbrokes and Coral, is proud to be championing the next generation of British sporting heroes by providing talented young athletes with financial support and personal development opportunities in partnership with SportsAid. Visit entaingroup.com to find out more.

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