Manchester - At 12, Aliya Bacakoglu already looks set for greatness. At 10, she joined the British Para swimming spotlight talent programme. Several months ago, she was selected for the world-class programme Para swimming Academy, designed for athletes that have the potential to reach the next Paralympic Games in 2020.
Aliya has proved the wisdom of that selection at the 2016 National Para-swimming Disability Championships at Manchester over the weekend, taking home six medals. Swimming in the S10 classification for all her events, Aliya won gold in the 100m breaststroke (1:43.16); silver in the 200m I.M. (3:14.08); silver in the 100m backstroke (1:35.67); silver in the 100m fly (1:33.28); bronze in the 50m freestyle (38.73); and another bronze in the 100m freestyle (1:24.10).