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‘Never a dark day’: Parents of Timperley teenage Olympic swimming hopeful Chloe Waddell in heartfelt tribute

By Danielle Wainwright

The parents of teenage British Olympic swimming hopeful Chloe Waddell have expressed their pride and admiration for their daughter, who died on Sunday.

The 16-year-old, who had previously competed with Rebecca Adlington in swimming trials, suffered a cardiac arrest at her home in Timperley, Greater Manchester.

David and Fiona Waddell described Chloe as ‘charming, polite, accepting and encouraging’.

Their statement read: “We are devastated. 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.

“There was never a dark day for Chloe; everywhere she went she had lots of friends.”

Chloe, who was training for the Rio Olympics in 2016, died on Sunday after attending a party the previous night.

A police spokesman said: “At about 8.30am on February 3, police were called by the ambulance service who had attended a house on Bryons Drive in Timperley.”

Mr and Mrs Waddell found Chloe unconscious in bed at their home but despite Paramedic efforts to save her, died later in hospital.

“She worked incredibly hard,” her parents said. “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.”

Chloe had been a member of Swim Trafford and Altrincham Swimming Club and had received an ‘Outstanding Achievement’ award at an awards ceremony on Saturday.

The teenager had also swum at the National and British Championships in the 200m, 400m, 800m freestyle and open water events.

Detective Inspector Debbie Oakes, from Greater Manchester Police, said: “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.

“I want to make it clear that we are working very closely with HM Coroner and the family to keep them fully informed as the investigation progresses.

“However, I also want to stress that there are no suspicious circumstances and we would ask the media not to falsely speculate or publish inaccurate rumours and cause the family any more distress.”

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