Olympic swimming hopeful Chloe Waddell dies at 16

Olympic swimming hopeful Chloe Waddell who has died aged 16. Picture: PA
Olympic swimming hopeful Chloe Waddell who has died aged 16. Picture: PA
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A SCHOOLGIRL tipped for Olympic success has died in her sleep, less than a day after celebrating winning her latest awards for swimming.

Chloe Waddell was found unconscious by her parents at their Manchester home, who attempted to revive the swimmer to no avail, before she was rushed to Wythenshawe hopsital, where she was pronounced dead.

She had gained national recognition for her achievements, holding the regional title for 800m freestyle, and competed at the last Team GB Olympic trials alongside the recently-retired Rebecca Adlington.

Chloe had been presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award at the weekend, later attending a party at her friend’s house before returning home.

Her parents were told that their daughter had stumbled at the party, but there was no reason to believe she had injured herself.

The coroner’s office said that the cause of death could not be confirmed, with toxicology reports still being carried out.

A statement from British Swimming read: “British Swimming sends its thoughts and condolences to the parents, family, friends and team-mates of Chloe Waddell following the news that the Swim Trafford swimmer passed away on Sunday morning.

“Sixteen-year-old Chloe was one of the squad’s most promising young stars and had gone from strength to strength since joining the squad several years ago.”