Freya Anderson

20/09/17 11:02am

Freya Anderson is a rising star of the pool
Image: Freya Anderson is a rising star of the pool

Freya Anderson has big ambitions in the pool as she embarks on a new chapter in her career as a Sky Sports Scholar.

The 16-year-old stormed to her first senior British title in the 100m Freestyle in April this year and made her senior debut at the World Championships three months later.

"As a Scholar I hope to get more confident and use all my given resources to better myself and work with the Sky team," Anderson said.

"As an athlete I hope to make the Commonwealth team, go to the Worlds in 2019 and then hopefully I'll be in Tokyo for the Olympics."

Anderson, who swims for Ellesmere College Titans in Shropshire, is now preparing for three years of Sky backing with financial support, a mentor and developmental and media training to boost her quest for success on the international stage.

TOP FACTS

1) Born: 4 March 2001
2) European Junior Champion in the 100m freestyle in Hungary in 2016
3) Awarded 'Emerging Swimmer of the Year' by British Swimming in 2016

"When I heard I got on the Scholarship program I couldn't believe it," she added. "I remember getting the email and struggled to process the news! I am so grateful for this opportunity to better myself in my sport.

"I initially felt nervous but meeting more people from Sky I have become more confident."

Hopes are high for the English sprinter and she should draw inspiration from former Scholar and GB team-mate Siobhan Marie-Connor, silver medalist at the Rio Olympics.

At the age of 16, Anderson has already built a reputable CV.

"One of my best achievements was in 2016 when I was 15 at the European Junior Championships," she said.

"No one expected me to win, not even myself, but it gave me a lot of confidence and started my journey.

"I also loved going to my first senior World Championships in Hungary this year. It was the best experience to learn from all the seniors and finishing 12th was more than I planned for!

"Becoming world junior champion in August was also amazing. It was a shock after being injured for six months but I definitely won't forget that moment!"