This week’s featured Pride Awards nominee is Mollie Briggs.
The person who nominated Mollie wrote: “Mollie is 14 years old and a competitive swimmer with the South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club.
“She has swum at the club for about seven years and currently trains 15 hours a week alongside her studies at Spalding High School.
Her commitment to her sport is outstanding as not only does she compete herself but she also helps coach the younger members of the club on a Saturday evening, passing on her knowledge and helping their stroke technique.
“The younger swimmers look up to Mollie and enjoy her helping them.
“Mollie is self motivated and her training involves two mornings a week before school and then back to the pool after school for further training.
“She is an excellent example to her peers and a role model as she juggles her sport along with her school work where she also excels.
“Her commitment is now starting to reap rewards as this year she qualified for the Swim England Summer Nationals Championships as well as the National Open Water Championship.
“Mollie qualified in the 400m freestyle, 800m freestyle and 1,500m freestyle, all pool based swims.
“For the National Open Water she qualified to swim the 3km race in her age group.
“I also feel Mollie is particularly a worthwhile candidate for this award as she has achieved all this when only in January 2018 she was diagnosed with asthma, having suffered her first asthma attack at the County Swimming Championships when she had to be treated at hospital afterwards.
“Last year’s training was blighted by sorting out medications and inhalers and getting Mollie’s condition stable.
“Despite all this she kept focussed and persevered and now the asthma is hopefully under control and she can now start to move forward and achieve her dreams.
“Mollie is also a delightful, polite and articulate young lady.”