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Jack backed for Brazil
A PROMISING swimmer from Ringwood has been given backing by the town’s Rotary club to compete in Brazil.
Former Ringwood School pupil Jack Burton, who trains alongside the likes of Tom Daley at the elite swimming academy at Plymouth College, was given money towards attending the World Schools Games in Brazil in November.
He and his father Nigel spoke to members about their hopes for his future, including competing in the Olympics.
Jack told the club: “I started club swimming at eight years old and progressed through swimming at county, and later regional, levels.
“In 2010 I was thrilled to qualify for national age group championships for the first time. I travelled to Sheffield for my first national contest but unfortunately nerves and feeling totally overwhelmed by the occasion meant that I did not swim well.
“I came home determined to reach the qualifying times for the following year. Since then my swimming has gone from strength to strength.”
The youngster is often ranked first or second in his age group in breaststroke and he has been selected for England Talent training camps and the Beacon Programmes.
He qualified for Olympic trials last year in the Aquatic Centre at the Olympic Park, and was selected for the England South team at the UK school games, where he won gold.
Jack is now looking for sponsors and has so far received funding from Hampshire County Council, Ringwood Rotary Club and a number of interested individuals.
Sport England has also contributed to support the whole team.
Rotary Club of Ringwood spokesman Trevor Williams said: “We will certainly be following the progress of our local swimmer.”
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