Swimmers all set to make Olympic mark

Portsmouth's Katy Sexton
Portsmouth's Katy Sexton
Kate Steels-Fryatt in action  Picture: Terry Scott

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The Olympics are in the sights of the area’s best swimmers this weekend.

Katy Sexton and Gemma Spofforth will lead the charge as the British Championships and Olympic trials get under way in London.

The London Aquatics Centre in Stratford – the swimming venue for this summer’s Games – hosts the competition, which begins today.

Portsmouth Northsea’s world champion Spofforth and city favourite Sexton will both compete in the 100m backstroke tomorrow.

And both are scheduled to go in the 200m event next week – the event which Sexton memorably swam to world glory over in 2003.

Spofforth is also swimming in the 100m freestyle next Wednesday.

Both swimmers have undertaken hugely-different build-ups for the competition.

Spofforth has based herself in Florida in recent times, while Sexton has undergone much of her training at Springfield School in Drayton.

Northsea duo Amberley Hoar and Lauren Steadman will both be aiming for their Paralympic dreams to become reality from today.

Hoar is scheduled to swim in the 200m freestyle, with Steadman earmarked to go in the 400m freestyle.

That is the start of a busy period of competition for the duo.

Both swimmers go in the 100m backstroke on Monday, while Steadman also competes in the 50m freestyle. Northsea’s new face is also due to compete in the 100m freestyle on Tuesday.

Alexander Goodman is lined up for a double dose of action next week.

Goodman is pencilled in to compete in the 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly.