Megan aims for glory in and out of the pool

Megan Shackleton, centre, won six medals at the National Swimming Championships in Sheffield and is preparing to compete in the world championships later this year. She is pictured with friends Lizzie Wrench, Rachel Brierley and Faye Norman
Megan Shackleton, centre, won six medals at the National Swimming Championships in Sheffield and is preparing to compete in the world championships later this year. She is pictured with friends Lizzie Wrench, Rachel Brierley and Faye Norman

A YOUNG sports star is hoping 2012 will be a year to remember, both in and out of the pool.

Megan Shackleton will compete at one of the Olympic venues when she travels to London next month for the English Schools Table Tennis Championship.

She is also aiming to qualify for the international swimming championships in Sheffield later in the year.

Megan, a year eight student at Todmorden High School, enjoyed success at the national swimming championships at Ponds Forge last month.

She won six medals, including a gold in the backstroke team relay. She also picked up four silver medals and a bronze in a variety of events including breaststroke, backstroke and freestyle.

“I did really well and got personal bests in all my races,” she said.

“I’m really pleased with how I did.”

She is now training towards the international championships and hopefully taking on the best in the world.

“You have to get a certain time to qualify,” she said. “I’m trying to get my time down so I can take part.”

Before that, Megan is hoping for success in the table tennis arena.

“I’m really excited about going to the Olympic venue and having the chance to compete where athletes will be for the Olympic Games this year,” she said.

Megan suffered spinal injuries in an accident three years ago.

After impressive performances at the West Yorkshire Disability Sports Festival last year, she was identified as a gifted and talented player as part of Brooksbank School’s sport programme.

“I had not really played before,” she said. “Then I went to a school event and they put me on the gifted and talented scheme.”

Megan also plays for the West Yorkshire table tennis team.

Todmorden High School staff said they are very proud of Megan and wished her good luck for the upcoming championships.