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Case study: Grace McNiff

14th May, 2019

Onwards and upwards! Our FAST Fund swim starlet Grace McNiff aims to reach for the stars next year after whetting her major events appetite on her international debut.

The 17-year-old from Eaglescliffe suffers from moderate hearing after being born prematurely, but that has not stopped her from making a splash for Middlesbrough Amateur Swimming Club and the GB Deaf Squad.

Grace swam in five individual events as well as the relays during July’s European Deaf Swimming Championships in Poland, where she made the 50m butterfly final in her best performance.

We gave the Egglescliffe Sixth Form student just under £400 to help cover some of the costs of the trip and her kit, as she tasted action against full-time swimmers as the North-east only European Championship representative.

Grace is always looking to improve while training five times a week, and now intends to gain selection for next August’s Deaf Swimming World Championships in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

“The FAST Fund has been so supportive and were a massive help to get me to Poland,” said the talented all-rounder.

“I would have missed out on a big part of my development if I hadn’t have gone.”

Good on you for making the most of it, Grace!

To apply for a FAST Fund (Funding Assistance For Sportspeople On Teesside ) grant and find out more about how we support Teesside’s most talented sportspeople, visit: fastfund.org.uk

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