Two silver medals puts Haley Williams on the podium

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HAYLEY WILLIAMS was on the podium at the WISE School Swimming International Competition.

The 17-year-old from Newton on Trent near Lincoln was representing England in the event and claimed silver in the 100m and 200m Breaststroke last weekend.

The medals were the culmination of some positive results over recent weeks.

"I was thrilled with my performance and just so pleased that I had the opportunity to represent England again, and compete in Dublin," said Williams who competes for Lincoln Vulcans.

"Without the help from the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme (LEAP), ESSA, The Lincoln Sportsman's Club and the Adam Gibbon's Sport Foundation Fund, this trip would have been a lot more difficult so I am really thankful to all of my sponsors."

Williams was called up for the England Schools squad after finishing 11th in the UK at the British Gas Championships in Manchester earlier in the month, and taking 10 gold medals in the Lincolnshire County Championships the following day.

She also broke Olympic athlete Melanie Marshall's Individual Medley record from 1999 by knocking nearly three seconds off and also took the 100 breast competition record by eight seconds.

She will also be representing Lincoln College in Bath at the College Games next week.

Williams admits that it is a very busy time in her career at the moment.

"It is busy, but exciting. After competing against the best in British Schools, I look forward to competing against the best at British Colleges," she said.

Hayley is a member of the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme (LEAP) for the second year running. LEAP is run by Lincolnshire Sports Partnership and helps to fund and support talented athletes in the county.