Continuing in our series “Meet the young athletes”, next up is the young, determined and brilliant Chloe Preston, multitasker of note, and multi-talented too! A fun loving young lady, with a very gentle spirit and one who loves people. She is a scholar at St Ursula’s Primary School in Krugersdorp where she has for the past two years walked away as the top academic achiever for her grade, plus the Junior swimmer of the year awards for the last two years. She is one who is learning from an early age to manage her time wisely, and managing to excel in both academics and sports. She is excited to take her swimming to a new level and has recently added club swimming to her wide array of activities.
Read on to find out more about this blooming young champion!
Who are you, what sport are you passionate about, and how old are you?
I am Chloe Preston, I love swimming, and I turned 11 on 16 April 2015.
At what age did you start swimming and why?
I learned to swim when I was about three years old, because I have always loved water. I enjoy swimming in school galas, it especially feels good when I win my events.
Would you like to share some highlights about your sports events so far?
A highlight for me was when I received the Junior Swimmer of the year award at school in 2013 and 2014.
If you were not going to be involved in swimming, what sport do you think you would be involved in?
If I did not take part in swimming I would play hockey or do athletics.
Tell me a little bit about your home and school life?
During the week it is super crazy, because I have school until 2pm, then swimming from 3.15-4.30pm, Mon-Thurs. After that I have to do homework or study. On a Monday and Thursday I also go to Kumon, for extra Maths. On Fridays I go to Guides after school and then have guitar lessons at 5.30pm. This is all because of my amazing mum, she always gets me to school and extra-murals on time. She teaches me how to manage my time.
Tell me about what you like to do to relax?
Over the weekends I relax and spend time with my family. For relaxation I like to listen to music, read books, play games and take long drives with my family.
What is your favorite food? And who must cook it?
My favourite food is any good Italian food cooked by my parents.
Who is your sports hero in the sports that you are involved in? What have you learned from him / her?
Cameron van der Burgh, I learned from him that if you train hard it can get you to the Olympics.
What is your personal favourite motivational quote?
With hard work comes great rewards. Practice makes perfect.