Tom Bosworth

Sports - Athletics

I am Britain's number 1 20k race walker. I am the 3rd fastest Brit in history, 12th in Europe and 5k British Record holder

Goal

Top 10 finish at the Rio Olympic Games! 

This requires training full time, which I currently do, however, require funding to continue to do so. I train 2-3 times a day, meet with my nutritionist, psychologist and physio almost every day, so no time to hold down a job.

Background

I have been involved with sport, athletics and trampolining since I was 11. 

I was never very good at sport at school, being a stick thin and weak, football, rugby just wasn't for me. But athletics was a way I could just do my own thing and push myself without relying on any one else. The more I trained the faster I got, a new thrill to me so I just added more and more to my training. 

By 19 I had qualified for my first ever Team GB event. Race walking was an escape from reality, but a chance to realise a dream that I never thought possible. I ended up with a chance to go to university and train full time whilst studying. However now I have finished education, and I am trying to maintain my high international status as well as pay the bills with very little financial support.

Current Position

I currently live in a flat in Leeds with a friend, just five minutes from training at Leeds Metropolitan University Carnegie Sports Centre. 

I do not have a job, however, I am a qualified sports masseur which I do a small bit of in my spare time, I do not have any other source of income. I have training costs, of gym passes, up to 5 pairs of racing trainers (£80-100) a pair per season as well as all living costs.

I finished 12th at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich this year, which was the highest placing by a British man in the 20k walk at the European Championships in 32 years! 

I am Britains number 1 over 20k, and 3rd fastest in British history. I hold the 5k race walk British record, and am 2nd fastest in British history over 10k race walk.

Being a race walker, I often don't get the same exposure as the other athletics events. It is a very historic event and one Britain has had plenty of Olympic success in the past, I hope to reclaim some of that international dominance. 

I am originally from Sevenoaks in Kent and my home club is Tonbridge AC. 

At university I was a very supportive and active member of the university. I was a student representative, in 2013 I was the athletics team vice chairman, they gave me an opportunity, so I wanted to give something back. The university often asks me to return to do inspirational talks to athletes and students which must mean I made some sort of positive impact.

The Future

I hope the future will be very bright. 

I am looking for a top 20 finish at next years World Athletics Championships in Beijing. After that comes the big one, the Rio Olympic Games. 

If I replicate my performance from this year I will have already gained the qualifying time, however, by then hope to be pushing toward the medals, by taking another 1-2mintues off my 20k race walk PB, which currently stands at 1:22:20. 

This will only be possible if I can maintain my current status as a full time athlete.

Achievements

12th at European Athletics Championships, Zurich, Switzerland. 2014.

5k race walk British Record (19:16) and British Champion, Birmingham, 2014.

42nd at World Race Walking Cup, Taicang, China.

11th at 2010 Commonwealth Games, Delhi, India.

31st at 2011 and 2013 European Race Walking Cup, Olhao, Portugal and Dudince, Slovakia respectively. 

Kent County 3k race walk record (11:46). 2011.

Summary

I want to take British race walking back to the forefront of athletics again. 

My aims should see me break the 20k British record and break into the top 20 in the world in 2015. I cannot do that without generous support, which will allow me to train full time.

Thank you for reading my story.