Fifteen-year-old Megan Allison from the City of Newport Swimming Club has been selected to represent Wales in the Commonwealth Youth Games 2017. 

Newport teenager Megan, who attends Rougemont School, Newport and trains at the City of Newport Swimming Club has been selected for the Games, which will take place on the 19-23 July 2017, alongside 10 swimmers and only 39 athletes in total across the whole of Wales.

This prestigious opportunity is testament to Megan’s commitment, passion, dedication and hours of hard training. Megan trains sixteen hours a week starting at 6am before school and then trains again after school for a further two hours. James Goodwin, Head Coach of City of Newport Swimming Club said proudly,”I have coached Megan for the last four years, and can quite safely say, not only is Megan one of the toughest swimmers I have ever coached, as you would expect for a 200m Butterfly swimmer, but she is also one of the most determined and motivated.”

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The Commonwealth Youth Games are a great platform for young athletes on their road to future success. Several Welsh stars, including Jazz Carlin and Elinor Barker began their careers representing Wales at the Youth Games. Many of these athletes are now aiming to qualify for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

The Head of City of Newport Swimming Club, Julian Knight said, “Megan has demonstrated significant drive and commitment to reach this major milestone in her swimming career. She is a great role model for other athletes and I know will continue to bring pride to Wales and our Club.

Proud parents; John and Lucy Allison said that "Megan is thrilled that she has the opportunity to realise her dreams and represent her club and country in the upcoming Youth Commonwealth Games. Being selected to represent Wales at the Youth Commonwealth Games was not even a wild dream, when Megan joined Caldicot Swimming Club eight years ago at the age of 7, before moving onto Chepstow to compete at local and regional events and then four years ago joining the City of Newport Swimming Club to access national level competition. Her progress from such modest beginnings has been quite amazing and is testament to her dedication and love for what is one of the most demanding and competitive sports there is. We would like to thank every coach who has helped Megan along the way, the support Megan has received over the years has been quite fantastic.

Any parents of young swimmers will testify that the dedication and application required to achieve success, whether it be successive personal best times to winning gold medals, involves a huge amount of effort and sacrifice on the part of the young athlete. But the joy it brings compensates immeasurably and we are so very proud of Megan and what she has achieved so far."

The City of Newport Swimming Club is partnered with Newport Live who operate three swimming pools across the city as well as, the Wales National Velodrome, the Regional Pool and Tennis Centre, Newport Stadium, Newport Centre, Active Living Centre and The Riverfront.

Chief Executive of Newport Live, Steve ward said, “We are delighted for Megan and her family on her selection for the Youth Commonwealth Games. Megan truly is a role model for all young people and swimmers with her dedication, determination, tremendous talent and technique. All of that coupled with her parental support shows what can be achieved. I’m sure this is a stepping stone to a great international career for this driven and talented young athlete and an amazing opportunity to travel the World and create a desire to then compete at Commonwealth and other major championships into the future.

Megan’s selection is already inspiring other members of the Club to become international standard and champion swimmers. Newport Live is very proud of Megan and the coaching team who have helped and supported her to achieve this selection and given her an opportunity to become a Commonwealth Youth Games Champion.”

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