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Tully Returns to her Roots

Updated: Aug 2, 2022

Tully Kearney MBE is a swimming Paralympic champion and world record holder in the S5 classification for swimmers with physical disabilities.

Tully returned to Walsall Swimming and Water Polo Club to visit the Club and talk to the swimmers. Walsall is the Club where it all started for Tully some 17 years ago. Tully, then aged 8, would go to watch her brother when he used to go swimming. Whilst watching, the coach asked Tully if she wanted to give it a try. She tried it, really enjoyed it and that was the start of the journey to Olympic Gold.

Tully competed at the Tokyo Paralympic Games gaining Gold in the S5 100m Freestyle in a world record time ( ) and a Silver in the S5 200m Freestyle.

Tully has recently returned from the World Championships in Madeira where she was crowned World Champion in the S5 50m, 100m, and 200m Freestyle events achieving world record times in all three events.

Tully spent time talking with both Junior and Senior swimmers sharing her experiences of her journey from club swimming to Paralympic Gold and answering swimmers' questions.

To the delight of the swimmers Tully also brought along her Gold and Silver Paralympic medals which were handed around for the swimmers to hold and have their pictures taken with Tully and the medals.

The Club are very proud of Tully and the small part we played in Tully’s success.

The Club would like to thank Tully for taking time to visit and spend time with the swimmers and wish Tully our very best wishes and good luck for the future.

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