Dominic Sets New British Backstroke Record
Tuesday, 12 March 2013
Year 10 pupil Dominic Walker has set a new British and English 50m backstroke record in his age group.
Dominic broke the previous record at the North Zonal Meet at Pond's Forge in Sheffield with a time of 27.65s.
Dominic also competed in the under 18s' 50m and 100m backstroke at Leeds International Meeting, where he was just 0.08s off his British record time in the 50m and in the 100m he managed a personal best of 59.7s breaking the one minute barrier for the first time. In his heat of the 50m backstroke, Dominic swam against GB Olympian and 50m backstroke World Record holder Liam Tancock, which he described as “Definitely a different atmosphere to a normal meet!”
Sixth form pupil Teddy Pender also competed at Leeds and made the finals of the 50m Butterfly. Teddy’s time of 25.96s also means that he qualifies for the British Championships in June.
Dominic and Teddy are just two of 116 boys on the School’s Talented Sport Register, based on the Youth Sport Trust Junior Athlete Education programme. This equates to 13% of the school or one in eight boys competing at county standard or above. As part of the programme, the pupils receive support in many ways including in time management, goal setting, parents support, nutrition, strength and conditioning. The same system is also being rolled out in the Girls’ Division.