Steffi started swimming lessons at Gayton Pool when she was five. She progressed quickly and was spotted by the Derby Phoenix coaches whilst swimming at Lonsdale Pool.
Mum Kerry explained: “I was not sure how Steffi would enjoy squad training but she really blossomed and enjoyed the sessions.
“The teaching staff at Gayton and Lonsdale are brilliant and it was clear from the start that she had learnt the strokes properly so progressing into the club was not too difficult a task.
“Swimming has really helped to boost Steffi’s confidence and she has made so many new friends from outside school.
“Everybody is very encouraging and swimming encourages us all to get into a good routine.
“It is a big commitment – especially with three younger children – but as long as Steffi enjoys it – we are happy to support her.”
Steffi said: “I like how there are so many different strokes to learn. You can be really good at one thing but you always need to improve on others.
“I was nervous when I was first entered for galas but now I really enjoy it and it’s good to challenge yourself.”