S14 Newcastle Downs Swimmer Receives Bursary

Thirteen year old Newcastle Swim Team swimmer, Ellen Stephenson has recently been selected for Sport Newcastle’s highest award, the platinum award for her achievements in swimming.

Ellen, who has Mosaic Down Syndrome is a year 9 pupil at Gosforth Academy. She swims with Newcastle Swim Team, the North East Disability Swim Club and Down Syndrome Swimming Team GB. She has an S14 Para-Swimming classification which enables here to compete in Para-Swimming events as well as National and international Down Syndrome Swimming competitions.

In November 2017 she took part in the European Open Down Syndrome Championships in Paris and became the European Female Mosaic Champion. She is the holder of 11 short course Junior Mosaic Down Syndrome World Records, 1 Open Mosaic record and 3 long course Junior Mosaic Down Syndrome World Records.

In December 2017 Ellen took part in the National Para-Swimming championships in Manchester and won an Age Group Gold medal in the 200 meters Individual Medley, Silver in the 100 metres Breaststroke and  four bronze medals. This year she will be participating the World Down Syndrome Championships in Canada in July as well as competing in Regional and National Para-Swimming events.

In 2017 she was awarded a Rising Star of Sport award by Sport Newcastle and also a Young Female Achiever award at the Northumberland Disability Sports awards.  She will collect her latest award from Sport Newcastle at their awards dinner in March and she will receive a bursary from them every year for the next three years which will enable her to continue to fund her training and competition.

Many congratulations Ellen on your awards and achievements to date and the North East Region wishes you all the best for your training and competitions in 2018.