Crowds expected to cheer on Jessica-Jane’s Paralympic performance

SWIMMING hopeful Jessica-Jane Applegate will perform for town and country tomorrow (Friday) as the second day of the Paralympics gets under way.

The 15-year-old from Gorleston, who suffers from Aspergers, will compete in the 100m backstroke on Friday and the 200m freestyle on Sunday morning in the F14 category for swimmers with a learning difficulty.

Family and friends are expected to crowd into the Railway Tavern in Belton, run by her aunt Vicki Applegate, to cheer her on. The pub is opening early on the morning of Jessica-Jane's races to show her events on big screen TVs .

And a record worldwide crowd is expected to watch the teen and the rest of Team GB as more than 2m tickets for the events at the Olympic Park have been sold.

Jessica-Jane has missed her school prom to take part in the games and has postponed her 16th birthday, which falls during the competition, until afterwards.

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