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Paralympian Jessica-jane Applegate hands over new swimming award in her name

PUBLISHED: 18:08 24 January 2018 | UPDATED: 18:53 24 January 2018

Shirley Weymouth,  Jessica-Jane Applegate, Jo Banham Norfolk Swimming President, Ben Banham who taught Jess at learn to swim at the Ashley Downs special needs school, Emma Gordon, trophy winner, mayor Kerry Robinson- Payne and Nigel Utting, GYSC chairman.
Picture: Dawn Applegate

Shirley Weymouth, Jessica-Jane Applegate, Jo Banham Norfolk Swimming President, Ben Banham who taught Jess at learn to swim at the Ashley Downs special needs school, Emma Gordon, trophy winner, mayor Kerry Robinson- Payne and Nigel Utting, GYSC chairman. Picture: Dawn Applegate

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A member of the Great Yarmouth Swimming Club has been presented with a special new award named after paralympic swimmer Jessica-Jane Applegate.

Emma Jordan was presented with the Applegate Shield for the 800m freestyle by Miss Applegate on Saturday at a club night.

The shield was donated to the club by councillor Shirley Weymouth in recognition of Miss Applegate’s record in the 800m freestyle in Berlin last year.

Miss Applegate said: “I was honoured to have a shield donated to the club in my name and it was such a privilege to meet Emma and present her with the shield. She thoroughly deserves it.

“I know how tough 800m freestyle is. It takes guts and endurance to take on a long distance, I have a feeling Emma will be challenging me soon.

“Great Yarmouth has a history of exceptional swimmers and from what I saw Saturday evening there are many more in the making.”

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