Huge congratulations to Jack, Year 7, who recently competed at the Kent Swimming Championships. His front crawl swim time placed him ninth in the country! This achievement is simply spectacular. Here is what Jack says about it: ‘This weekend I participated in the Kent Swimming Championships 2019. This is where all of the top swimmers in Kent come together to compete against each other. I made the final for every race — this means that I am in the top eight in Kent for every race I swam at the weekend. In the final of the 50m front crawl I swam a personal best time of 29.94 seconds. This placed me third in Kent. That time puts me ninth in Great Britain.’
Jack says his swimming journey ‘all started two years ago, when I was chosen to represent my primary school at the Mini Youth Games Gala held at Medway Park. Whilst there, just after I had swum, the head coach from Black Lion approached me and asked me to attend a trial the next day. Six weeks after that I competed in my first gala at Mote Park in Maidstone. I joined Bronze Squad and moved through the squads quickly. I train 5-6 times and twice a week I have gym and strength conditioning too. I compete in 1-2 galas a month, depending on which competitions are happening.
This time last year I qualified to swim at the Kent County Championships 2018 at the London Aquatic Centre and Crystal Palace. I think I had five or so different events. During the last year, I have gone from strength to strength and for the 2019 Kent Championships I have qualified for sixteen events.
My ambition is to enter the Olympics and win a gold medal in 2024 or 2028!’
Jack is one of our Holcombe heroes. He is an inspiration to us all. Well done, Jack!