A leisure firm has admitted health and safety charges over the death of seven-year-old girl at a swimming pool.
Michelle Gellard was pulled unconscious from the pool at Blackwater Leisure Centre in Maldon, Essex, on June 14 2008.
Today at Chelmsford Crown Court Leisure Connection Ltd, which runs the centre, admitted failing to ensure the safety of a member of the public.
The company will be sentenced in March next year.
At an inquest held last year, a jury heard Michelle, from the Isle of Dogs in east London, had been competing in a judo competition at the centre and went for a swim after winning a silver medal.
Michelle - described as a loving, confident and helpful little girl by her family - was pulled out of the pool by a lifeguard and fellow swimmer.
Staff were unable to resuscitate her and she was flown to Colchester General Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The jury returned a verdict of accidental death by immersion.