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Swimmer Rachel to represent country in Summer Games

Susan Hampshire

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Rachel TweedieNew MillsMarpleINAS European Summer GamesUKSAMarple Swimming ClubDan PepperJessica Tweedie

Rachel in training

High Peak swimmer Rachel Tweedie from New Mills has been selected to represent her country at the forthcoming  INAS European Summer Games.

Rachel, aged 20, has been chosen by UKSA, the British organisation which supports athletes with intellectual disability and promotes sporting opportunities in the UK and internationally, to swim in various distance freestyle and backstroke events.

The summer games take place over a week from July 14 to 22. The INAS organisation was established in The Netherlands in 1986 to enable athletes like Rachel to take part in elite sport.

Rachel is a member of Marple Swimming Club, with whom she has been training regularly with for four years and has had previous success at both national and International Para Swimming events.

Rachel Tweedie

She will attend this event along with Dan Pepper and Jessica Tweedie in their roles as GB team managers and coaches.

Dan, her coach, is a former Paralympian swimmer and was part of the GB swimming squad at London 2012. He has previously been successful himself representing team GB at INAS international swimming events. 

Rachel's sister Jessica is a teacher at Mellor Primary school and also plays an integral role in supporting Rachel in both her training and her attendance at swimming competitions. 

Rachel is also trained and supported at Marple swimming club by  coaches Natalie Pepper and Lucy Budd.

Marple swimming club has a long standing history and reputation for great success with its swimmers at local, county, regional and national levels. 

Rachel Tweedie

The impact of the recent closure of Marple Swimming Pool for essential repair has been of great concern to the club and its swimmers. New Mills Leisure Centre has tried where possible to offer alternative sessions to the club. 

Following an extremely difficult 2017 and recent difficulties in accessing appropriate training sessions, Rachel's selection for the games is testament to both her and her commitment, her coaches, the swimming club and its membership.

For more information about the INAS Games follow this on-line link: http://www.uksportsassociation.org/