THE youngest member of this year’s Paralympics squad met dozens of youngsters, inspiring them with her experiences when she appeared as the special guest at Titchfield Primary School’s annual strawberry fayre.
Chloe Davies is just 13 but will be representing Team GB in the 100m backstroke and 200m freestyle.
She was invited to the school after her cousin Lily Bond, a Year 3 pupil at the school in Southampton Road, Titchfield, used Chloe as the subject for a class project on record breakers. Chloe is the UK record holder in the 100m backstroke at 1min 10secs for the S14 class, and is ranked fourth in the world.
Chloe spent the day at Titchfield signing autographs and posing for pictures. The teenager, who has learning difficulties, said: ‘It is a good feeling to be inspiring for the pupils, but I do find it difficult sometimes.’
Her mum Nancy Davies, from Bath, said: ‘Chloe’s passionate about swimming and it’s the one thing she knows she’s good at and it keeps her motivated.
‘Being in the Olympics is a dream come true for her.’
Lily, eight, said: ‘I’m proud of her.
‘I’ve never seen her swim before, but I am going to see her swim in London.
‘I’m really excited and I’m going to cheer for her a lot.’
Headteacher Mike Bainbridge ran a half-marathon, doing laps around the school fields whilst holding a home-made Olympic torch to fundraise for the school.
He added: ‘It’s been great to have Chloe here – she’s been inspiring. We’ve done a lot of work on Olympic and Paralympic values, and Chloe is the perfect example.’
The school’s annual fayre had to be moved indoors because of the weather, but managed to go ahead with everything they had planned.