If there’s one thing Freya Anderson hates, it’s the whole street talking about her.
That’s exactly what happened when an industrial crane rolled up on the European swimming champion’s doorstep to install an endless pool in her back garden.
But if the shy 19-year-old’s performances continue at current rate, it won’t just be tongues wagging in her native Wirral. Her name will be on the lips of the world.
“I first met Freya in 2017 and she was only 16, but she was really quiet,” says coaching doyen Dave McNulty, to whose programme she’ll switch post-lockdown.
“She’d won the European Juniors and got on the team for the World Championships, so everyone was a little bit older.