I am a GB swimmer aiming to make the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio
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My current focus is on the Commonwealth Games trials in Glasgow in April and to make sure I qualify.
The money raised will be used for accommodation for the trials, racing suits which cost up to £200 each and can only really be used 4 or 5 times, competition entry fees and training fees.
I was born in Sheffield and grew up on a local council estate called Winn Gardens. It isn't the most pleasant of places but I believe this has moulded me into the determined, enthusiastic, hungry man I am today, with the will and desire to achieve.
I began swimming when I was only five years old at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield. I went through the learn to swim scheme where I was identified as young talent by the City Of Sheffield Swim Squad at the age of seven. From then I grew very fond of the sport and I started training and racing at a competitive level. My rapid improvement and racing successes winning many national medals made me part of the senior elite squad by the age of fifteen. At sixteen I became double national age group champion and was starting to realise my potential, and where this could take me in the future.
When I was twenty I was hit with a shoulder injury which forced me out of training and I was absent from the pool for seven months. This was by far the biggest challenge of my career, however I stuck to my rehabilitation work religiously and it made me conscious that time was precious in swimming and made me more determined than ever to make the most of it when I returned to the pool.
Twelve months later I competed at the National Championships where I once again became National Champion. This was a fantastic achievement for me as I had been out of the pool for such a long time and I had had a massive set back. I have had several approaches by other clubs both from the UK and universities in America to move to their respective clubs; however I remain loyal to Sheffield as I believe in my programme and I believe in my coach Russ Barber. Russ is relatively young and has already guided three swimmers to the Olympics over the last eight years as well as numerous international swimmers and National champions.
Due to the poor performances in London funding has been cut from swimming and unfortunately I am one of those victims.
At the moment I am training ten times a week in the pool which consists of a 4.30am rise to be in the pool at 5.30 for a 2 hour session and a night session which is 4.00pm start and a 6.15 finish. I also do two, 1 hour 30 minute gym sessions a week, land training and a circuit session. On top of that I have two part-time jobs. The first is teaching swimming to 7-10 year olds and the second is a catering assistant with my mum.
My first goal is to hopefully receive funding through Talent Backer!
Short term goal is to make the English Commonwealth Games team in July 2014. The Commonwealth trials are in Glasgow in April 2014, all my training is geared towards this goal and I will not let anything stop it becoming reality.
My longer term goal is to make the Rio 2016 GB Olympic team.
* Senior Yorkshire and Northeast champion
* 14 time national age group medallist
* 7 time national gold medallist
* First GB Selection in 2009 for European junior team in Prague
* Finalist finishing 6th in 100m butterfly at European juniors Prague 2009
* Second GB selection in 2010 for European juniors in Helsinki
* Selected as GB captain for the 2010 European juniors team
* 2 silver medals in 4x100 and 4x200 relay and two other finals finishing 4th in the 100m butterfly and 4x100 medley relay at European juniors 2010
* Part of world class development programme
* British age group record holder in 100m butterfly
* Selected to represent GB at the Senior FINA world cup in Stockholm October 2011 making final in the 100m butterfly finishing 8th
* Senior Yorkshire record holder in 100m freestyle
* 4th place finish at the British Olympic trials march 2012 in 100m butterfly
* Selected to represent GB as part of the Olympic B team at the USA nationals in August 2012, selection policy stated that you needed to be realistic contenders for medals at the 2016 Rio Olympic games
All I have ever wanted to do since becoming a swimmer is make the Olympics, Worlds and Commonwealth games. Any aid will help me achieve my target and would be much appreciated. I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this.