Achievements to date
My name is Rosanna Arnold, I am 15 years old and am currently studying my GCSE’s at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls. I have been swimming since the age of four and competing from the age of eight. I have always enjoyed swimming as it is a great way to forget about everything else and focus on the thing you love the most. I have swum at many clubs through the years and I am grateful for all the help I was given at each one. I currently train at Guildford City Swimming Club and have been swimming here for almost three years. I swim for around 14 hours each week, plus 4 hours of land training. I have received so much support from everyone at Guildford and I couldn’t have achieved what I have without the help from coaches, friends and family. In the future I would love to compete at higher levels and represent the country in my sport.
Winning the gold medal in the 200m Breaststroke at my first British Nationals, at the age of 13.
Missing out on the final by one place at the British Championships 2015 in the junior age group.
Rebecca Soni, an American swimmer who was the first woman to break a 2:20 in the 200m Breaststroke.
I eat something with a lot of carbohydrates the night before I compete, often pizza or pasta.
“Without the help of KT4YS over the past three years I would not be at the level I currently am in my sport, and I am immensely grateful! Since being sponsored at the beginning of 2016, the funding has allowed me to train up to 20 hours in the pool each week by helping with the cost of travel, training equipment and club fees. On top of this it has helped me pay for competition entrees, travel costs and accommodation at competitions and affording to buy racing suits. This has let me compete at the highest level possible and attend all the necessary meets over the past three years.
Throughout the past three years of receiving funding I have competed at many national and international competitions. In 2016, I was selected to represent GB at the Ontario Junior International in Toronto, Canada. This was my first major international competition, and I was so excited to race here. Without the help of KT4YS I would have struggled to fund this trip, and I am so grateful to the trustees for allowing me to take the first step to becoming an international athlete!
In 2017 I represented the South East of England in Nice, France at the FFN Golden Tour. Again, I used my sponsorship money to fund this, which allowed me to compete against some of the best athletes in the world! Here I achieved a silver and bronze medal, getting on the podium with Olympic medallists such as Katinka Hosszu!
Later on in 2017 my club had a training camp in Tenerife for a week, which I paid for using my KT4YS funding. This allowed me to attend the camp and get a great week of training in!
Soon after I was chosen to travel to Indianapolis in the USA, where I trained with a group of very talented swimmers and later on raced at the Arena Grand Prix! This gave me the opportunity to race some of my swimming idols and learn from the best in the world!
In 2018 I was selected for the ESSA World School Games in Morocco. This was a very high level competition and I loved racing and training in a very new environment. Again, I was able to attend this due to the sponsorship I had received from KT4YS.
From 2017-2018 I had been a part of the AASE programme, where I attended many workshops and eventually a training camp in Tenerife, giving me a diploma in Sporting Excellence. I used my funding to attend the training camp, which was essential in order to pass the diploma.
Finally, I have recently got home from representing the South East at the Flanders Cup in Antwerp, Belgium. Although some of the costs were covered by the regional swimming committee, I used my KT4YS funding to pay the rest of the expenses. I had an amazing time in Belgium and am so grateful to KT4YS for making it easier to pay the fees of attending this!
As well as international competitions, I have competed at many national competitions over the past three years, where I have made finals and achieved medals in my main events. The funding has also helped me with these as it pays for accommodation in hotels all over the country for the duration of the meet. KT4YS has taken a lot of financial pressure off over these years and has made it possible for me to compete at international level. I will always be grateful for the help I have received and will continue to support the trust over the rest of my swimming career!”
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