SWIMMER Jessica Fullalove was “absolutely heartbroken” to miss out on competing for Great Britain at the European Championships in Glasgow.
The 22-year-old from Royton, selected for her first appearance on a senior British team, was ruled out through injury.
Jessica, who had been due to compete in the 100m and 200m backstroke, broke her hand in a freak accident while training outdoors in Majorca.
Mother Suzanne explained: “Jessica broke her right hand in the pool when she hit the lane rope.
“It probably wouldn’t have happened had it not been in the height of the sun which makes it difficult for backstroke swimmers.
“Jessica was absolutely heartbroken to miss out on the chance to compete in Glasgow.”
Suzanne revealed Jessica, who is based at the National Training Centre in Bath, broke her left hand 12 months ago after also hitting a lane rope.
Jessica, a former pupil at Thorp Primary, Hulme Grammar and Crompton House, is expected to be back in the pool in September.
She will be striving to be ready for the National Winter Championships in Sheffield in December and further ahead are the 2019 World Championships in Korea.
Jessica competed for England in the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and on the Gold Coast.
In Glasgow she was ninth in the 200m backstroke and 11th in both the 50m and 100m backstroke.
Earlier this year on the Gold Coast, Jessica was seventh in the final of the 200m backstroke, 11th in the 100m backstroke and helped England finish fourth in the 4x100m medley relay.
In 2013, Jessica represented Great Britain at the FINA Junior World Championships in Dubai where she won silver in the 4x100m medley and bronze in her individual 100m backstroke.
She also competed for Great Britain in the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China.
In British championships, Jessica has collected six medals: two silver and four bronzes.