Jake helps Team GB to European swimming success

We caught up with student and swimmer Jake after his recent trip to France where he represented Great Britain at the DSISO European Championships which took place from the 28th October to 4th November 2017.

Jake is a student at our Specialist College in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

A talented swimmer, Jake has been training up to three times a week for the past five years with his local swimming squad in Harrogate. Since joining the Down Syndrome Swimming – Great Britain (DSS-GB) team he also attends weekend training camps throughout the UK.

His commitment and hard work paid off as he secured the required qualifying times to join the DSS-GB squad in Paris at the European Championships.

Jake competed in seven events: 50,100 and 200m freestyle; 50m backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke; and the 100m individual medley.

A boy who has Downs Syndrome in his GB team tracksuit

“I went to the swimming competition in Paris, France. My mum came with me and we travelled on the train, it was called the Eurostar. The atmosphere at the competition was loud and exciting.  I swam in seven races.  Before they started I was just a little bit nervous. I came 4 th in my races and my team came first in the competition.”

Jake swam extremely well and achieved some fantastic personal best times. He also supported his friends and GB teammates throughout the competition, cheering them on poolside.

Team GB finished the competition with a total of 43 medals, making them the top team overall.

A crowd od people cheering at the side of a swimming pool

Jake is a really nice young man who is not only great company but also shows huge compassion for others. I will now watch with an extra enthusiasm his results and look forward to seeing him in the near future."

Neil Lacey, DSS-GB coach

Jake’s mum Hilary, who accompanied him on the trip, said, “Jake is proud to be a part of such a successful GB team.  He is looking forward to continuing to better his times, train hard and get the qualifying times he needs to make it to the world games in Canada in 2018.  I am so proud of him and all that he achieves.”

More information on DSS-GB can be found hereMore photos of the event can be seen here.

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