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Abigail Burr shatters Lizzie Simmonds' Lincoln Vulcans club record

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: June 29, 2012

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Abigail Burr is surging towards becoming Lincolnshire's next swimming sensation.

The 13-year-old shattered Lizzie Simmonds' eight-year club 200 metre freestyle record and revealed her desire to emulate the Great Britain Olympic athlete's achievements.

Burr, a Lincoln Vulcans Swimming Club member, shaved two seconds off Simmonds' time.

But Burr's success comes at a price and is not merely down to boasting a natural talent in the pool.

She spends an astonishing 17 hours a day combining training with her school studies.

Up at 4am, Burr (pictured, right) trains in the pool, before rushing back to Priory LSST.

Once school has finished, she is off again for evening training before returning home around 9pm.

"I just find the right amount of time to do my homework in between training sessions," said Burr, who lives in Heighington.

"I love it because you have the fun side of swimming where you can socialise with team-mates but there's always the hard side – the competing."

Burr is a member of the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme, run by Lincolnshire Sports Partnership.

As well as winning the freestyle, Burr broke the club's 400 metre individual medley record.

She said: "I felt really happy when I found out that I had swum a faster time than Lizzie when she was my age.

"My dream now is to medal at the Age Group National Championships this year and later compete in the 2016 Olympics."

Fred Furniss, Lincoln Vulcans head coach said: "It is a great achievement for Abi to take one of Lizzie's records."

Abigail dad, Colin, told the Echo: "I am very proud of Abi and her achievements.

"She has worked very hard for this and she deserves it.

"She has now started to think about a future Olympic Games and that's very exciting."

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