Alice Tai – Update

June 3rd, 2014

You will probably remember that we are delighted to be sponsoring Alice Tai with her aspiration of representing GB at the Paralympics in 2016.

We are excited to report that her mother Angie, has been in touch with some tremendous news.

Angie says …… ‘Life is getting more and more hectic, and every time Alice achieves a new record – she goes and excels on it a few weeks later!’

SO…since the start of the swimming season in September, Alice has achieved the following:

SHORT COURSE (25m pool)
New British and European record for 100 backstroke. This is also the second fastest time in the world.

LONG COURSE (50m Pool) British Records
50 backstroke
100 backstroke, again this ranks Alice as second fastest in the world
200 backstroke – this is also a new European Record
100 freestyle (this record has stood for 12 years and Alice has stormed it)
50 butterfly

Possibly more importantly for Alice, the backstroke times also qualify as able bodied national times!

Alice was one of only four swimmers selected to represent GB in San Paulo at the Brazilian school games in November. The swimmers selected were those who are targeted for multiple gold medals in 2016.

Alice has already been told that she will be returning to Brazil for the Pan Am South American Internationals In November/December

Alice is the youngest person to be selected to represent team GB in Eindhoven this summer at the European Championships and is currently ranked in the top 3 in Europe for all of her main events. Fingers crossed she should medal. She has also been selected to compete in the relays, in which the team are current fastest in Europe.

On top of all of this, she has just come back from Berlin where she competed for GB at the German Internationals (recording some of the above records there, just one week after setting them in Glasgow at the trials for the Europeans!)

Alice is off to Cyprus in June for two weeks at the GB training camp, returning straight to Manchester to compete at the British Internationals and then after the last 2 weeks in school its back to Manchester for the holding camp ready for the Europeans.

Despite all of this she is still on track for A and A* in all 9 of her GCSEs.

This girl is phenomenal

Congratulations to Alice from all at Radcliffe & Co (and to Angie too!!!)