Jane Brown has her sights set on swimming at the Olympics and is currently on the right trajectory to get there.  With medal success at the English Nationals, representation and making the finals at the British Swimming Championships in the summer, and now all As and A*s at GCSE, it has been a very good summer for Jane.Training sessions at 5.30a.m., five times a week, haven’t interfered with her studies and Jane is hoping to continue this success when she starts A Levels in Biology, PE and Drama in September.

Jane picked up her results of 3A*s and 6As at GCSE after a hugely successful summer in the pool which saw her compete at the British Championships in Sheffield and the English National Championships where she brought back five medals – 1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronzes.

“My family have really helped me through the exams with organisational skills and general support, my coaches at swimming too and the teachers at Newcastle High who really understand how much swimming I do.

“I kept up my swim training throughout the exams because I had the British Nationals at the end of July and never missed an evening session, only dropping a couple of mornings when I had a heavy day of exams.  Although swimming has its own pressures, it really did help.  Getting in the pool helped clear my head and get away from the stresses of school work, it improved my focus.”

Jane’s next goal in swimming is Commonwealth trials in September where she is among the contenders.  Backing her all the way will be her two sisters, Helen and Sarah who also attended Newcastle High, Helen studies Biology at Nottingham University and Sarah, who is in Year 13, studies Humanities at A Level.

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