Jane hits medal trail in Olympic pool

A PROMISING Kilkenny swimmer made big waves in the Olympic Games pool in London when she won two medals at a one day international schools gala.

A PROMISING Kilkenny swimmer made big waves in the Olympic Games pool in London when she won two medals at a one day international schools gala.

Jane Roberts, daughter of Anthony and Deirdre Roberts, Burnchurch, won silver and bronze medals when representing Ireland and her school, St Brigid’s College, Callan, at the Sainsbury schools games which were staged in the Olympic pool London last week.

“It was a great experience to swim in the Olmypic pool,” a thrilled Jane said afterwards. “We were the last people to compete in it before it closes in preparation for the Olympics this summer. There are no words to describe the feeling of swimming there.”

Jane, who qualified for the event through a series of regional and national competitions, was chosen to captain the 10-strong Irish girls teams.

She won a silver medal in the 100 metres butterfly in 1.03.56 and bronze in the 100 metres backstroke in 1.05.20.

She also competed in the relay events. The Irish girls teams finished fifth of the eight competing nations. A team from Brazil was invited to compete because they will stage the 2016 Olympics.

Jane is a member of Kilkenny swimming club and is coached by John Duffy. She is now in serious training for the European junior championships which will be staged Antwerp, Belgium from July 3 to 7.