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Monday, 08 September 2014
Year 12 student Dominic Walker has won two swimming medals in national competitions!
In early August, he took part in the ASA National Youth Championships in Sheffield. He swam in the Men’s 15/16 Years 100m Backstroke category, and dominated the heats. He came in third place in an extremely close semi-final in which he was just 0.01 seconds behind the swimmer in second place.
The final was also very close, but ultimately Dominic won first place, the gold, and the title of national champion.
Last weekend, he represented England at the 2014 School Games in Manchester. The School Games were inspired by the 2012 Olympic Games, and the competition was set up in the same year to give young athletes the experience of a multi-sport competition complete with an athletes’ village, international competitors, and opening and closing ceremonies. In addition to swimming, there were also athletics, gymnastics, hockey, volleyball, wheelchair basketball, and many other sporting disciplines represented.
In this competition, Dominic found himself facing off against the two rivals who joined him on the podium at the National Youth Championships.
Once again, there was less than a second between their times, but on this occasion Dominic came in third place and brought home a bronze medal. However, he was not disappointed with his result. He said, “This was the first event of the season, and I’ve had the summer off from training. The others had been training over the summer, so for me bronze is more than I was expecting to get!”
During the swimming season, Dominic trains eight times a week in an intensive training schedule that gives him just one night off per week; he spends two hours in the pool each session, plus an additional hour in the gym five times a week. He currently swims for the City of Salford Swimming Club and the Boys’ Division swimming team.
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