Ilkeston swimmer Krissy continues to make waves

Krissy Tomlinson prepares to race
Krissy Tomlinson prepares to race

Ilkeston swimming star Krissy Tomlinson has maintained her push for a potential Team GB place in the future with more fine displays in local and national competition.

The 15-year-old, one of the brightest and most successful swimming stars Derbyshire has produced since a young age, has been in excellent form for her club, City of Derby, as well as for her county.

She is coached by former European champion and Commonwealth silver medalist Mel Marshall in Derby and recently took a relay gold medal in the national championships with City of Derby and another in the Midland championships, both at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

To add to that, Tomlinson also made it to the British Championships, competing alongside Olympic swimmers, and reached the final of the 4x100m relay where the team finished seventh.

Last weekend she made her first ever appearance for Derbyshire at the National Intercounties Championships, again at Ponds Forge, where she helped them to a 14th place finish out of the 40 counties entered.

Dad Richard said: “Krissy remains totally dedicated to the sport.

“She gets up at 4am three times a week to train in the mornings and also has five night sessions a week.

“She works hard to achieve her goals and has had a fantastic season, winning numerous gold medals in open meets and also earning 17 personal best times under the guidance of Mel Marshall who has been a massive help.

“When Krissy left Ilkeston Swimming Club to move to Derventio the training was too intense and she suffered an injury when she was 12, but since coming to City of Derby it has been far better.

“She still has lots of potential and is very close to the time needed to qualify for the Olympic trials next year.

“Her aim remains to get to the British championships again as well as the nationals, and if she keeps improving then there’s no reason why she can’t get into the Team GB reckoning.

“Krissy is keen to attract sponsors to help cover the costs of competing so regularly.

“Many of her age have it from the British ASA but if any businesses or individuals wish to help out they can contact me on 07853 215628.”