More medals for 'future Olympic star' Oriana
A YOUNGSTER dubbed a potential "Olympic star of the future" by a Penzance swimming coach is celebrating another medal haul as she eyes next year's county championships.
Julia Rescorla, who coached Olympic gold medal rower Helen Glover when she was younger, said earlier this year that Oriana Noel was "the most talented thing I've ever seen" and that she was also a potential Olympian.
That was after Oriana, from Porthcurno, recorded a series of astonishing times in the pool when aged just 8.
Now training with the famous Leander club in Plymouth, as well as Penzance Swimming Club, she recently won four gold and four silver awards at their long course open swimming meet.
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She also won the top female athlete swimming award for 9 and 10-year-olds at the event, which saw 540 swimmers from 34 clubs nationwide travel to Devon.
Oriana, who goes to St Buryan Academy, is currently ranked in the top four in the UK in nine events by governing body British Swimming, said dad Richard.
The youngster is also a talented runner, and this year represented Penwith when she won the Year 4 Cornwall County Cross Country Championships at Newquay.
The nine-year-old also won the under 11 group in the St Levan 2km – beating club runners one and two years her senior – for the second year running and was the first girl from the parish over the finish line, too.
Dad Richard, who, with mum Lyn, has to work hard to travel the long distances to get Oriana to training, listed a series of swimming events coming up before Christmas, ranging from Carn Brea to Exeter to Bristol.
He said: "The main event for her in swimming at her age will be when she can take part for the first time in the Cornwall County Championships in March next year.
"She will be hoping to break as many county best times at one go. This is rarely achieved."
Just to make sure she keeps focused on her running, too, she aims to win the Year 5 Cornwall Cross Country Championships next year, said her dad.