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Lincoln teenager becomes youngest judge in country

18 October

A teenager from City of Lincoln Pentaqua Swimming Club has become the youngest qualified judge in the country after passing her Level 1 qualification.

Without people like Chloe, the sight of our athletes standing on the podium would be a dream rather than a reality.

Chloe Battersby took an interest in officiating swimming events when a shoulder injury put paid to her opportunities to compete in the pool.

She passed her Level 1 judging qualification just after her 15th birthday - the minimum age to start the training - and volunteered at a number of regional events in 2010.

And with 2011 on the horizon, the 15-year old is aiming to step up to judging at national competitions as well as working towards her Level 2 qualification.

Pentaqua chairperson Anita Ruffle lauded the role of volunteers like Chloe in the club's success.

“We are all proud that Chloe is part of our team,” said Ruffle.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of a swimming club and without people like Chloe, the sight of our athletes standing on the podium would be a dream rather than a reality.”

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