Downsend’s Double Dekker

Downsend pupil wins medal for outstanding results in sport

Keen swimmer and Surrey schoolgirl Lauren Dekker, a Year 7 pupil at Downsend School, has won a Gold Medal at the IAPS National Swimming Championships for the second successive year. The prestigious, long-standing event, held at K2, Crawley, allows pupils to compete in both individual and relay events, all of which were hotly contested.


Lauren and five other Downsend girls had qualified for the individual finals, having all improved their times from the regional qualifier. In the U12 50m Freestyle event, Lauren competed against seven other finalists to win the event in a time of 29.45 seconds.  She was presented with her medal by London 2012 Olympic Silver medallist, Michael Jamieson.


Marie Seivewright, Head of Girls Games at Downsend, says of Lauren’s achievement “I am delighted that Lauren has done so well again at the IAPS National Swimming Championships. She is a truly dedicated swimmer and a credit to our school and her teammates. She has achieved all this on top of the discomfort of breaking her toe earlier in the week. She fought through the pain barrier to regain her National title. Well done Lauren!”


Ian Thorpe, Downsend School’s Headmaster said: “It is inspiring to see one of our pupils excelling in a particular sport. As a Cognita School we pride ourselves in offering our pupils access to a variety of different sports, at local, regional and national level, as part of their school life to enrich their overall learning experience.”

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