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Meet the golden girls of the Special Olympics National Games

Swimmers Chloe Crook and Kaley Heath are two remarkable young athletes who were among the stars of the recent Special Olympics National Games, the biggest multi-sports event in the country for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Between them the pair won an incredible six gold medals.

They've been talking to our sports correspondent David Chisnall.

Southport swimmer prepares for World Championships in pool built by her dad

Southport swimmer Holly Hibbott is the latest star to emerge from the Stockport Metro club, which has produced many Olympians over the years.

It's hoping Holly is the next.

After a gold medal performance at the British Championships, she's now heading for the World Championships in Hungary.

David Chisnall went to see Holly at a very special training base.

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From the daily grind of swimming to her new coffee shop - Fran Halsall reveals why she's retired

Three-time Olympian Fran Halsall has revealed plans to open a coffee shop after announcing her retirement from swimming.

The 26-year-old, from Southport, is going into business with Olympic cyclist Jess Varnish and will open a shop in Altrincham, Cheshire, in the spring.

Fran hasn't had far to turn for advice as her boyfriend, St Helens rugby league star Jon Wilkin, also runs a coffee shop in central Manchester.

Fran has been discussing her decision to retire with Mike Hall.

Swimming club hopes for post-Rio boost

Swimming had a resurgence at this year's Olympic games in Rio after a tough games in 2012.

With the momentum of the Rio games at full speed, one of the North West's once great swimming clubs is hoping for a revival.

Stockport Metro has a track record of producing Olympians and is working flat out to improve on that for Tokyo 2020.

North West swimmer going for gold at the Special Olympics

Rochdale's Jamie Kelly will make history at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles later this month when he becomes the first British swimmer to compete in the open water event.

He's been speaking to our sports correspondent David Chisnall.

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The sensational swimmers who bagged 10 Euro medals will celebrate....with food

They won 10 medals between them at the inaugural European Games in Baku. Now Abbie Wood, Holly Hibbott and Maddie Crompton are back home in the North West and ready to celebrate - with food. Croissants, pizza and chocolate are the order of the day after months of combining demanding training sessions with school studies. The trio are now targeting the Olympics and have not ruled out the Rio games next year. They popped into the Granada Reports studio to speak to Mike Hall.

Teenage swimmers bid to make waves at European Games

They are the next generation of swimmers at Stockport Metro. Holly Hibbott and Maddie Crompton are just 15 and have already been selected for their country. They will represent Great Britain at the inaugural European Games which take place in Baku, Azerbaijan. David Chisnall went to meet them.

Olympic swimmers inspire women and children in Bury

Women and children in Bury are taking part in water activity sessions with the help of two aquatic Olympians. It forms part of the town's I Will If You Will campaign which aims to encourage women to keep fit.

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