Amy Marren
Courtesy of: Sportsbeat
By Paul Smith, Sportsbeat

LONDON, England, July 18. REACHING two finals at her first Paralympic Games pleasantly surprised teenage swimmer Amy Marren - and she is hoping for more of the same at next month's IPC World Championships.

As one of ParalympicsGB's youngest squad members, Newham-born Marren placed fourth and fifth in those two finals at her home Games, recording personal bests in each event she competed.

Now she will compete at her first World Championships in Montreal having broken the S9 European record in the 200m individual medley on the way to qualifying at the British International Disability Swimming Championships.

The 14-year-old, who was speaking as an ambassador for the London Youth Games during this year's competition, will take part in six events in Montreal.

"I'm just going to go there and enjoy myself and hopefully gain from the experience," she explained. "I have been training hard and I seem to have been racing well. I'm glad the World Championships are this year as well, as it is two major competitions back to back, so I can compare my performances from one year to the other. I am just taking it year by year, concentrating on staying fit, healthy and strong and just training hard. I just want to go out there and get some PB's and just enjoy my first World Championships - but I wouldn't complain with a medal!"

The London Youth Games is delivering a sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics by inspiring more youngsters to play and volunteer in sport. London's councils along with Balfour Beatty and Sport England support Europe's largest annual sports event that has over 100k athletes competing across 85 competitions over nine months.