A SWIMMER from Peacehaven, who juggles training with caring for her disabled Mum and autistic sister, has been crowned Young Swimmer of the Year.
Charlotte Blake, aged ten, was presented with her prestigious award at the Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic Awards in Sheffield last weekend.
The brave schoolgirl, who attends Telscombe Cliffs Primary School. had the chance to meet some of the top names in British Swimming and Olympic hopefuls.
Mum Claire, 42, of South Coast Road, who nominated her for the award, said: “Charlotte deserves to win because she is so positive and brings so much to my life and to the children she helps to teach.
“She has more responsibilities than most ten-years-olds, having to juggle household duties with school work, but she still manages to pursue her passion for swimming and I couldn’t be more proud of her.”
Charlotte attended the awards ceremony at the stadium Ponds Force on Saturday November 5.
The Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic awards are organised by the ASA, the national governing body for swimming, and celebrate the achievements of swimmers of all ages and abilities from around the country.
Charlotte, is a registered young carer for her mum Claire, who has a congenital hip disease and uses a mobility scooter, as well as her elder sister Emily, 18, who is autistic.
Despite having such a heavy burden resting on her young shoulders, she still manages to pack in swimming five times a week and hopes to be a national swimmer one day. And she is already clocking some county standard times.
She helps her teachers with school swimming lessons, working with younger pupils who are less confident.
She helps her Mum with household chores taking in the washing and takes Emily swimming because she has difficulty asking for tickets.
Charlotte, who trains for Brighton Swimming Club, added: “I was amazed that Mum had nominated me. I didn’t know anything about it to be honest until the letter came through.”