Record-breaking swimming career of Burgh Castle's Jessica-Jane Applegate given major funding boost
PUBLISHED: 12:32 16 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:32 16 September 2017
The record-breaking swimming career of Jessica-Jane Applegate has been salvaged, thanks to hard work, dedication and perseverance.
Last year, the Paralympic gold medallist feared her young career could be over already, after it was decided her UK Sports funding was to be cut and she was moved from the British Para-Swimming Podium programme to the Podium Potential programme.
This created a £15,000 shortfall in her funding, putting her bid to swim at the Tokyo 2020 games into doubt.
However, the 21-year-old of Burgh Castle is now celebrating and preparing to take on the world once more, after her dedication earned her a place back on the Podium programme.
Her next big challenge now is the World Championships in Mexico, which take place at the end of October.
She said: “I am over the moon. I love swimming, I love racing and I am not ready to give up yet.
“I will be assessed every season so I need to perform well at the right times and the right place for the funding the continue, but this news has lifted the stress a bit.”
While she will return to the programme next year, she will still have to rely on some fundraising to make her Tokyo dream become a reality, as she will not be on the top level of funding, meaning she will still require some sponsorship or support.
However, her focus for now is on the World Championships, which will see her competing at altitude for the first time in her career.
She added: “I have mixed feelings about this Championships as I am one of the only top GB swimmers who has not ever trained at altitude before, so I have no idea how this will affect me.
“I’m a little nervous, but I am very excited to be competing in a different country, a new pool to me, and tp be representing Great Britain for my seventh consecutive major international championships.
“I feel very privileged to be going as I almost had to retire after my funding was cut so much in January.”
The championships will see Miss Applegate compete in the S14 100m butterfly, 200m freestlye, 100m backstroke and 200m individual medley.
Miss Applegate heads into the World Championships in good form, having set four world records at the German International Swimming Championships in Berlin,