Medal success at the world school games

World school games 2018 – Marrakesh-Casablanca Morocco

Year 13 Harton student Rachel Taylor has just returned after representing the England swim team in the World School Games in Marrakesh, Morocco. The England swim team consisted of 24 swimmers from all over the country- 12 boys and 12 girls selected on the basis of national rankings.

Rachel stayed in the Plam Plaza hotel with the England Swim Team in Marrakesh for two nights whilst training before the competition. On the 3rd May the opening ceremony took place in the Stade de Marrakesh stadium and was attended by 3000 athletes from 50 Countries who were participating in 18 different sports.

On the 4th May the team travelled to Casablanca where the swimming competition was taking and the competition took place over 4 days. Rachel competed in the 50m Breaststroke where she qualified for the final and came 3rd, winning the bronze medal, in a time of 32:44. She also competed in the 4x100m Medley relay where she swam the Breaststroke leg. The team qualified for the final and came away with another bronze medal. Rachel also raced in the individual 100m Breaststroke where she qualified for the final going in at 6th position. In the final she managed to come away one place better than in the heat swim and finished in 5th position, 0.9sec behind bronze.

On the 8th May all the athletes attended the closing ceremony in the same stadium as the opening ceremony. All individual medal winners from countries gathered together waiting for the presenter to call the list of countries out that competed. For winning an individual medal Rachel was invited to walk a lap of honour with the England team when they called ‘England’.

We are all very proud of Rachel for what she has achieved and this in incredibly well deserved for the amazing dedication and commitment she demonstrates in training at such a high level. Rachel has shown that it is possible to manage her A level studies with huge swimming commitments and it is lovely to see her gain success on a world stage. We look forward to following her swimming career in the future and seeing her continue to progress at the highest level. Well done Rachel