At only 16-year-old, Chloe Waddell had already shown potential to be able to compete in the Rio 2016 Olympics. Unfortunately, the gifted British swimmer will never have the chance to participant in any future Olympics. On Sunday morning, she went into cardiac arrest and although she was rushed to the hospital, she was later pronounced dead.

Her parents were the first to find her unconscious at their home in Timperley, Greater Manchester. They tried to revive her, but their efforts didn’t pay off. “Chloe was exceptionally outgoing, extremely popular and had a wonderful smile – she was always smiling at all times and she had a kind word for everybody at all times. She worked incredibly hard. She loved swimming, she was very focused on it and she wanted to go as far as she could. She was also bright academically, everything she did she gave 100 percent. We are very proud of her,” said the devastated parents in a statement.

Chloe is a member of both the Swim Trafford as well as the Altrincham Swimming Club. On Saturday, she just received an outstanding achievement award at an awards ceremony. After which, she headed over to a friend’s house for a party. According to Detective Inspector Debbie Oakes, there were no suspicious circumstances.  “Chloe was an exceptionally bright girl with a huge future. Her family have suffered an unimaginable loss and our thoughts are with them at what is clearly a traumatic time for them,” she said.

“At about 8.30am on February 3 2013, police were called by the ambulance service who had attended a house on Bryons Drive in Timperley. Paramedics were there to treat a 16-year-old girl who had gone into cardiac arrest. She was taken to hospital but sadly died,” explained a police spokesman. The spokesman also added that during the party, Chloe had slipped and cut her lip. However, it was a minor injury that didn’t affect anything.

The 16-year-old had taken part in the National and British Championships in the 200m, 400m, 800m freestyle as well as open water events. Last year, she was also chosen to attend British Swimming talent camps. “She showed excellent potential. Chloe will be missed by all,” stated Mark Perry of British Swimming, who also noted that her death is a “sad time for the swimming community”. For the full story, do check it out here.

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