WIMBORNE’S Isabella Haynes won gold at the World School Games in Brazil this summer.

The 14-year-old came out on top 200m freestyle, adding to her silver medal earned in the 200m medley.

Hayes, who is currently in Year 10 at Queen Elizabeth’s School in Wimborne, has also been named the English Schools Swimming Association’s top female para athlete.

It has been a busy summer for Haynes, who competed in the English and British Championship finals before flying to South America and competing in Rio de Janeiro.

Representing Swim Bournemouth, where she trains most mornings, Haynes took second place in the Women’s Multi Classification 100m Backstroke and the English meet.

She shared: “It was amazing when they announced that the winner in the 200m freestyle was ‘Isabella from England’ and I went to the podium.

“When I finished the race I didn’t know I’d won because in para swimming there are variations in disability so the results are worked out at the end of the race.

“I train every morning and sometimes it is hard waking up but I know I’ve just got to do it.

“While I was in Rio I was named the English Schools top para athlete which was incredible.

“I hope to get through to the Paralympics – maybe not the next one, but hopefully the one after.”

Haynes’ parents Elizabeth and Martin added: “We are very proud of Isabella and are grateful to everyone who helped.

“Allenbourn (Middle) School held a cake sale to raise money for the Rio trip and QE and Swim Bournemouth have been incredibly supportive too.”

Prior to attending QE, Haynes went to St John’s First School and Allenbourn Middle School, with all three schools under the Initio Learning Trust umbrella.

Liz West, CEO of Initio Learning Trust, said: “Everyone at the Trust is so chuffed to hear of Isabella’s success.

“She has trained so hard for so long and is extremely dedicated.”