Eva heads to Bucharest for the 2022 European Junior Championships

Credit: British Swimming

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Sevenoaks’ Eva Okaro is one of 42 young swimmers named in a British Swimming team packed with ‘great potential’ heading to the European Junior Championships.

The event, being held at the Otopeni Olympic Swimming Complex in Bucharest, Romania, between 5-10 July, will be a ‘hugely valuable learning experience’ for one of the largest British junior squads to participate in Europe’s premier age-group competition.

At last summer’s European Junior Swimming Championships in Rome, Eva was just 14-years-old, and the freestyle specialist won three medals although she was only expected to attend the championships just for the experience.

In Rome, Eva won silver in the 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay, bronze in the 50m Freestyle and a bronze after helping the British Swimming team in the 4 x 100m Medley Relay qualify for the final.

One year on and Eva is once again flying the flag for Sevenoaks on the international stage, and although she has been suffering from an Achilles injury, she is once again expected to make her mark in the pool. Messages of support for Eva flooded social media channels as she set off for the championships with Sevenoaks Swimming Club’s Head Coach, Keiron Piper, focusing on Eva enjoying the experience, by simply saying: “Have a great week Eves!”

• Meanwhile, Jaedon Lynch, also from Sevenoaks Swimming Club, has once again been selected to represent Jamaica at the CCCAN (Central American & Caribbean Swimming) Championships in Barbados in July.