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Jackson set to take on the world

PUBLISHED: 13:48 18 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:05 06 July 2010

TALENTED teenage swimming sensation Ellis Jackson is set for an early Christmas treat as she competes in one of the world's best venues at Doha in Qatar.

TALENTED teenage swimming sensation Ellis Jackson is set for an early Christmas treat as she competes in one of the world's best venues at Doha in Qatar.

The Kirkley High School pupil will represent the English Schools squad at the World School Games in December as she swims in the 200m and 400m individual medley - her best events.

And this week the teen star and her parents praised the school in Kirkley Run for their “fantastic” support.

“The staff at Kirkley have been superb as they support Ellis' education around her swimming and have been so very helpful,” her dad Nigel Jackson told the Journal.

“She is supported by her school when away on Great Britain training camps and also when she swims internationally, and thanks to their mentoring system it means Ellis can keep to the school curriculum when she is away and not miss important work.”

Last year, the St Felix Club member was selected for England schools in the home internationals against Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. She subsequently collected two gold medals in the 200m individual medley and 200m butterfly against tough opposition as England won the competition outright.

“Ellis is very proud to swim for her school and hopes to represent them well,” Mr Jackson said.

“As parents we would like to publicly thank Kirkley High and we can't praise them enough for their support. We are very proud of our daughter's achievements, she has been so lucky to see the world through her swimming.

“She has worked so hard, taking a few knocks on the way and is getting her just rewards from being very tough, resilient and dedicated,” he added.

Ellis will fly out to Doha on December 5 with the rest of the national squad as the World School Games are held from December 7-12.

And fully supportive of the talented youngster, Kirkley High School's headteacher Richard Pickard said: “The school are absolutely delighted. To be represented at this sort of world level shows the complete dedication, hard work and potential that Ellis has and we support her in every possible way we can.”

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