Qualified accountant Liz has swum competitively since she was seven and started teaching eight years ago to fit in better with family life.
She continues to compete in Masters competitions and, more recently, in local competitions alongside her ten-year-old son Arron who is also a budding swimmer.
Last year she achieved her lifetime best times in the 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly races at the European Masters Championships in London and came fifth overall in the 160 years-plus (combined age) medley relay with her team from Long Eaton Swimming Club.
Liz then went onto beat these times at the national championships in October and is currently training for the World Championships in Hungary this August when she hopes to do even better.
Liz explained: “I have always swum competitively and it is great that I am getting similar times to those I did in my Twenties when I was training day in and day out – showing that age is no barrier in this sport.
“In fact, you get stronger with age and far more aware of important aspects such as good nutrition so I think I have many more years to go before I put away the goggles!
“I love teaching as much as competing – particularly the older children who are starting to train for competitions themselves.
“This is a fantastic sport and I feel privileged to be part of it in and out of the pool.”
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