Isobel & Scott Barnett

Brother and Sister Talented Swimmers

I visited Scott and Isobel Barnett at their Peppard home recently when they had an inset day from school. Both attend Chiltern Edge School where Scott, aged 16, will be taking 10 GCSEs this summer and Isobel, aged 14, is in Year 9.


Apart from their school work, both fit in a lot of time training for their chosen sport. Their mother, Julie, is a swimming teacher and both teenagers were introduced to swimming at a very early age. Scott and Isobel were recently amongst 32 youngsters in our area whose achievements were recognised at the South Oxfordshire District Council’s annual Young Achievers Awards where they were given £250 towards equipment for their sport.

It’s an early start for the pair: three mornings a week they get up at 04:45 to train for an hour and 45 minutes at Central Pool, Reading, before going home for breakfast then on to school. They also train either at the pool at Bradfield College or in Aldershot four days a week after school.


Scott has taken part in the South East Regional Championships and plans to compete in the National Championships next year.

From the age of eight until last year, Isobel was a member of Reading Athletics Club and in July she took part in a triathlon at Dorney Lake coming first out of 60 girls. She enjoys open water swimming, running and cycling and has qualified for the County Swimming Championships this year.

Scott and Isobel both aspire to university, demonstrating just how much can be achieved by dedication, careful time management and family support.

Sue Nickson