Swimming Superstar

Swimming Superstar

 Tupton Hall School student has achieved a British record in swimming.

13-year-old Jacob Whittle has broken his country’s National Age Record in the 100 long course metre freestyle.

Jacob swam a time of 53.79 at a meeting held in Ponds Forge, Sheffield. The record was previously held by Ned Sharp at 53.85. Only a handful 13-year-olds around the world have broken 54 seconds.

 His mum, Leanne Whittle, said Jacob trains incredibly hard with club Derventio Excel, based in Derbyshire, and is very modest about his achievements.

“It is fantastic to watch him swim,” she said.

“It is quite nerve wracking as a parent but you are also hugely proud knowing the amount of focus and attention he has to put into that one race. Jacob is massively modest.”

Jacob started swimming as a young boy but when he was eight was told he had the potential to join a swimming club and to start competing.

When he was 11 he was selected to swim for elite swim club Derventio Excel and now trains 22 hours a week, still managing to fit in all his school work.

Jacob has qualified to compete in 15 events out of a maximum of 17 at the British Summer Championships. However, this would be too many to compete in and Jacob will be taking part in 11 events over six days.

The top 25 boys in each swimming event and stroke will be taking part.

Jacob is aspiring to achieve a medal at the Summer Championships and would like to qualify to take part in the Junior Olympics and long-term, the Olympics.