Ismey Makes a Splash

Congratulations to Ismey (5, Hn) who has been selected for the England Under 16 Water Polo squad. Ismey first took up the sport in Year 6, when she was a pupil at Handcross Park School: a strong swimmer with the Mid Sussex Marlins club, she was invited to join the water polo squad, and soon began to excel as their goalkeeper, a position she says she is ideally suited to owing to her height and stamina. She soon progressed through the ranks, and was selected for the south-east regional team, which she represented at under 14 and under 16 level, before successfully attending National Academy trials in Northampton.

Disappointingly the frustrations of Covid put a temporary halt to proceedings in 2020, but when competitive sport resumed, Ismey was soon back in the swim of things, and a 5-day summer camp at Millfield saw her cement her place in the national squad. With the European Championships in March on the horizon, Ismey is training hard: pool work and S&C sessions here at Wellington, and club, regional and national training and fixtures at regular intervals. It’s a wonder she finds time to fit in any schoolwork at all, but her discipline and excellent time-management skills are allowing her to make excellent progress in both pool and classroom. We wish her well for the Europeans and are full of hope that one day soon she will make her Olympic dream come true.

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