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Natasha Sinha - U20 World Champion!

For many in the club Natasha is known as a Butterfly and Backstroke swimmer. She is however starting at the University of Leeds to study Neuroscience this month (wow!) with the intention of moving over into Triathlon. As a stepping stone towards this, she qualified in the summer to represent British Triathlon's GB Agegroup squad in the ITU World Aquathlon Championships held in Cozemul, Mexico (a 2.5K run followed by a 1K swim and then another 2.5K run).

As preparation, Tony, who had already given up his summer break to coach Susie for the Paralympics, very kindly took on Natasha aswell to transfer her from a 200m fly swimmer to a 1K Open Water swimmer instead.... in a timescale of 1 month! 

All the hard work paid off and Natasha won her Agegroup to become the U20 World Champion. She was actually the fastest GB athlete across all the Agegroups and came 4th overall in her race which had 2 other Agegroups ranging from 16-35yrs age. The competition was tough with strong teams from Mexico, Brazil, USA, Australia, NZ and Canada to name but a few.
Natasha's swimming leg was the fastest in her race and she came out of the swim in first place (Thank you Tony!). The weather conditions favoured the home athletes with temperatures over 35c and humidity over 90%, this affected her second run (and subsequently, if anyone has seen the elite men's race, the Brownlee brothers!) but Natasha had done what she needed to do to come home comfortably in first place. Her win means she gains automatic qualification into next years World championships which will take place in Rotterdam. 
 
It proves hard work pays off. Natasha has swum competitively since 9 years of age. She has swum with us more or less twice a day 6 times a week ever since then. She has put up with early morning and late night swims, injuries, illnesses and more than her share of disappointment. On the flip side, she has won National swimming medals and 2 World titles in Aquathlon.
 
She says she loves her club and will be eternally grateful for finding the best swimming coach out there. She may now be up in Leeds but Beckenham will always be her home club and we will be missed. However, we haven't seen the end of Natasha yet .... She'll be back for Arena!