Swimmer Alice Tai, a student at Bournemouth Collegiate School, has been selected as a member of the GB Paralympic Swimming Squad to travel to Rio this summer.
Alice is currently training at the National Performance Centre in Manchester with the rest of the squad prior to the Paralympics in September.
Last week, she attended United Learning’s Best in Everyone Awards at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, where she picked up the Disabled Sportsperson of the Year award for Key Stage 4. At the ceremony, guests were shown a video which was specially prepared by teachers and students at Bournemouth Collegiate School to wish Alice good luck at this summer’s Games.
Richard Harrison-Poole, Director of School and Academy Sport at Bournemouth Collegiate School, said:
“Alice has been a member of the school, BCS Swimming Club and BCS Swimming Academy for the past seven years. It has been inspirational to see how she has been able to focus on her studies as well as competing to such a high level. I think this year has been one of Alice's hardest in her swimming career to date. The pressure surrounding Alice has been vast but once again she has had the mental and emotional strength to prevail and has been selected as part of Team GB to go to Rio. Huge credit goes to not only Alice but also to her coaches Adam Parfitt and Zoe Baker and her incredibly supportive family and friends. They have all shown enormous dedication and true belief in her capabilities.
“Alice's preparations have been gruelling, both in the water and in her land training. Much of Alice's time has been spent between training in Manchester, the home of GB swimming, and with her home club and coaches at BCS in Bournemouth. The time spent training is unmeasurable but it is now paying off.
“It has not only been a pleasure knowing Alice but also an honour and I wish her all the best of luck. We will be watching.”
On behalf of United Learning schools across the country, we wish Alice all the best for Rio and look forward to supporting her in this and future competitions.