Tribute to Helen Smart (nee Don Duncan)

It is with deep sadness that we have learned of the sudden death of former Ashton Central Swimming Club & Olympic Swimmer, Helen Smart at the age of 42.

Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with Helen’s family, friends, former teammates and work colleagues at this difficult time.

Helen’s International Swimming Career began as a Junior, becoming European Junior Champion in the 200m Backstroke in 1996, just two years later, representing England, she won a bronze medal  at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpar, closely followed by winning silver medals at the European Short Course Championships 1998 and World Short Course Championships in 1999.

In the year 2000, Helen was selected to compete for Great Britain at the Olympic Games in Sydney, where at the age of 19, finished 15th in the 200m Backstroke.

Helen’s career progressed from swimming into teaching and became Headteacher at a primary school in Wigan, whilst continuing another passion of hers, performing in the Pemberton Old Wigan Band.

Tributes to Helen have been pouring in from some of her closest team-mates, which can be found on the Swim England Website – CLICK HERE


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