TRIBUTES have flooded in for Chloe Waddell, the Olympic swimming hopeful who was found dead at her Timperley home last week.
Chloe, who was 16, had been to an awards ceremony on February 2, but was found unconscious in her own bed at around 8.30am on February 3.
Her school, Altrincham Grammar School for Girls provided the following tribute: “Everyone at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls and the Bright Futures Educational Trust is shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic news about Chloe.
“She was a truly gifted student, who was a valued and highly regarded member of our school community.
“She was an exceptionally talented swimmer, who had real prospects of a place on Team G.B. for the Olympics in Brazil.
“Chloe will be sorely missed by all of us. Our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time.
Chloe was inducted to Trafford Community Leisure Trust’s roll of honour in 2012 for representing her country, the 16-year-old also competed against Rebecca Adlington at the British Olympic Trials.
A spokesman for the trust said they were devastated to hear the news of her tragic death.
“Sixteen-year-old Chloe was one of the squad’s most promising young stars and has gone from strength to strength since joining the squad several years ago.
“Chloe was selected from Altrincham Swimming Club to join the squad and achieved many things in her swimming career including swimming in at Nationals and British Championships in 200m, 400m, 800m Freestyle & Open Water events and being selected to attend GB talent camps.
“Our thoughts and condolences go out to Chloe’s parents, family and friends.”
James Stannard, Swim Trafford’s Head Performance Coach, added that he is deeply saddened and shocked by the loss of Chloe and that the small squad had been rocked by her death.
A statement released by Chloe’s family 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. 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."