Bicester Blue Fins’ 12-year-old national age group butterfly champion Lottie Wynne-Jones swam for England in the Energy Standard Cup over the Bank Holiday weekend in Lignano, Italy.
The competition was part of phase three of the England Talent Programme, designed to nurture the potential Great British Olympic stars of the future through structured development from the country’s top coaches.
She was the youngest member of the 50-strong English squad and was competing in a combined age group with girls of up to 18 months older.
Lottie finished sixth in the 50m and 200m butterfly and seventh in the 200m butterfly, and gained invaluable experience of what it’s like to compete against some of Europe’s hottest talents.
She was also one of ten English swimmers to take part in the opening ceremony.
Commenting on her experience, Lottie said: “I was so proud to be picked to swim for my country and to be part of a squad of so many fantastic swimmers.
“I loved the races but it was also great to get coaching on my skills and be part of the England team.
The Energy Standard Cup was eventually won by Russia, with Italy second, England thid and France fourth.