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Natasha’s in the swim for 2011

PUBLISHED: 11:51 17 June 2010 | UPDATED: 18:02 25 August 2010

A TEENAGE hopeful due to compete in the Olympic London Youth Games has gained inspiration from an Olympic champion during a trip to the 2012 Aquatics Centre.

A TEENAGE hopeful due to compete in the Olympic London Youth Games has gained inspiration from an Olympic champion during a trip to the 2012 Aquatics Centre.

Natasha Sinha,13, from Blackheath, visited the centre at the Olympic Park in Stratford last Tuesday.

She met Olympic medallist Stephen Perry, who won the 200 metre butterfly bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

Ms Sinha will participate in the swimming finals at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on July 3 and will be representing the borough of Greenwich.

Olympic winner Stephen Parry said: "We want our kids to be inspired by 2012. That is what the bid was won on.

"By coming down here today and seeing the Aquatics Centre, the London Youth Games swimmers will go away motivated about their sport and inspired about what is going to take place here in two years time."

Ms Sinha attends James Allen Girls School in East Dulwich Grove and won silver in the 100 metres butterfly stroke at the 2009 British age group Championships and gold at the 2010 London age group Championships.

The London Youth Games is Europe's largest annual youth sports event.

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