AN OUTSTANDING athlete who has overcome major barriers was nominated for a Your Champions award.
Seventeen-year-old Danielle Lowe has made huge waves as an elite swimmer with a cabinet full of gold medals, and is heralded as the best in the country for breaststroke in her age group.
But her achievements haven’t come easy as Danielle suffers from severe asthma and is allergic to chlorine. From age 11 she has swam in the youth, senior and British championships, and broken records.
Twice the teen has fought back from serious illnesses. In 2009 she had swine flu so took nearly a year off from swimming to recover. Then last October she contracted glandular fever which affected her sinus, throat and lungs and meant she could not compete for a place in the London Olympics.
In between her training she is studying for her A levels. Danielle, from Bebington, was nominated for the young person category.
She said: “After a horrible year, I am so happy to get back on track. I’ve had a fantastic four months after the worst seven months of my life.
“Without my mum’s support and Šcommitment ŠI wouldn’t have been able to bounce back and end this season on a high.
“This is now the beginning of a new four-year plan for me, which I hope will bring me to Rio 2016. I am not ruling out a potential place in Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games.”