Richmond teenager wins five medals at national swimming championships

Lily MacLeod.

A Richmond girl has scooped five medals at the National Swimming Championships in Manchester.

Lily MacLeod, 16, the British record holder for the 200 meters freestyle para-swim, scooped four gold medals and one silver at the Para-Nationals in Manchester earlier this month.

GCSE student Lily first showed an aptitude for the pool at the tender age of five and went on to win places on the Playground to Podium and World Class Podium Potential programmes for athletes with gold medal-winning potential.

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Lily also lives with the condition Rod Achromatopsia, which impairs her vision and causes photophobia (light sensitivity), colour blindness and nystagmus (or ‘wobbling of the eye’).

She is sponsored by her local opticians at Specsavers in Richmond’s King Street.

Lily’s mum Judith said: “Lily’s medal-winning streak has always amazed us. We hope that her latest successes are more steps on her way to competing in Tokyo in 2020.’

Ross Campbell, director of Specsavers in Richmond, said: “Congratulations to Lily on another spectacular achievement at the British championships.

“When Lily’s mum, Judith, got in touch with us last year, we were only too happy to help make sure she has the vital equipment she needs to train and compete. It’s wonderful to see a local girl blazing a trail on the national and international stage.”

Judith adds: ‘We’re very grateful to British Swimming and Specsavers for their continued support.

“A lot of people have helped Lily along the way and their backing is absolutely invaluable to her.’

Lily is now working towards the International Paralympic Championships in Sheffield in May and the European championships in Dublin in August.