26 June 2018
On Sunday 10th June 2018 Nova Centurion swimmer Polly Holden 19yrs competed in the Great North Swim (Open Water) at Lake Windermere in the Elite Women's 5km event. Polly completed the 5000m swim in an outstanding time of 59 minutes and 51 seconds to finish in 2nd place overall and 1st in her 18/19yrs age group.
This outstanding swim has resulted in Polly qualifying to represent Great Britain for the very first time in 2 different European Championships.
Polly will make her GB debut competing in the European Junior Open Water Championships taking place in Malta from 10th to 16th July 2018 in the 10km event.
Polly also qualified for the European Senior Open Water Championships taking place in Glasgow from 3rd to 11th August 2018 in the 5km event.
Nathan Hilton, Director of Coaching at Nova Centurion stated, “This is an outstanding achievement for Polly, being selected to represent GB at any time is always prestigious but the first chance is always something special. The workload through this period will be heavy for Polly but she has outstanding work ethic and I am sure she will more than cope with all the challenges on the horizon.
Having started at University of Nottingham in September 2017 Polly has adapted to life in Nottingham and Nova very well and is doing an outstanding job on managing her academic & swimming commitments, overall an outstanding achievement for this young lady.”
Another Nova swimmer, Josh Harris also competed in the Elite Mens Great North Swim at Lake Windermere and finished a very credible 18th overall and 9th in his 16/17yrs age group in a time of 59 minutes 11 seconds.