Chloe Waddell

Inquest - "swimmer had heart defect"

An Olympic swimming hopeful from Greater Manchester died after suffering from an undiagnosed serious heart defect, an inquest has heard.

Chloe Waddell was found dead in bed at her home in Greater Manchester

Teen swim star dies

A rising swimming star has died in bed at home in Greater Manchester just hours after she won her latest accolade.

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Parents pay tribute

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. She was charming and polite, accepting and encouraging. "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.

– David and Fiona Waddell, Chloe's parents

British Swimming pay tribute

British Swimming has sent its condolences to the family and friends of 16-year-old British Olympic hopeful Chloe Waddell, who was found dead in her bed at the weekend.

The teenager from Altrincham had been selected to attend British Swimming talent camps and had been tipped for the 2016 Olympics team in freestyle races.

Chloe took part in the London 2012 Olympics trials last year where she competed against Rebecca Adlington.

British Swimming sends its thoughts and condolences to the parents, family, friends and team-mates of Chloe Waddell following the news that the Swim Trafford swimmer passed away on Sunday morning.

"Sixteen-year-old Chloe was one of the squad's most promising young stars and had gone from strength to strength since joining the squad several years ago."

– British Swimming statement

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Young swimming star dies

Chloe Waddell
Chloe Waddell Credit: Ian Leonard

A rising swimming star has died in bed at home in Greater Manchester just hours after she won her latest accolade.

Schoolgirl Chloe Waddell, 16, went into cardiac arrest on Sunday morning and despite efforts from an ambulance crew to save her she was pronounced dead in hospital.

Tipped to be part of the GB squad for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Chloe had been presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award for swimming just the day before.

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