If you’ve ever been down at the local pool, swimming your fastest and strongest length, you’ll know how frustrating it is to be overtaken by someone going even faster. There’s always one, isn’t there?! But the fact that it riled you might mean that you’ve more than a keen interest in becoming better at the sport. Or even trying your hand at coaching it?
So, to whet your appetite, we’re bringing you a list of Britain’s top five swimming stars. Here goes…
Chloe Tutton – We bet the pool lifeguard at this talented swimmer’s local baths was more than a little in awe when watching her glide up and down the lanes! Now a champion at the sport, Chloe made a splash (pun intended!) during her exciting debut season on the international stage. Achieving an individual finals berth at the Rio 2016 Olympics, she was also involved in the Women's 4x100m medley relay team. Reaching the final, the team returned home with huge smiles on their faces and an even bigger love for their favourite sport.
Jazz Carlin – Another talented female swim star, Jazz Carlin became Team GP’s first double medallist of the Rio 2016 Games. Taking a silver in both the Women’s 400m and 800m freestyle, she’s soldiered on despite recurring bouts of tonsillitis and glandular fever threatening to halt her progress. Like the idea of helping a swim star like Jazz to greater success? Swimming jobs could be the way to go! Perfect for people who like to keep fit, as well as motivate others, fitness roles like this are certainly rewarding.
Calum Jarvis – First representing Great Britain in 2012, Calum went on to win silver at the Commonwealth Games. He then formed part of the successful 4x200m freestyle relay team that won gold at the World Championships! Qualifying for his debut Commonwealth Games at the 2014 British Championships in Glasgow, Wales-born Calum set a Welsh record for fourth in the 100m freestyle. Not bad for a lad who was only born in 1992!
Jack Burnell - It’s true that fitness jobs rarely get better than swimming coaching roles! And we bet the instructor who was responsible for getting Jack Burnell into swimming is more than a bit pleased with him or her self. Earning the first named quota place for the 2016 Olympic Games with his fifth place finish at the 2015 World Championships, Jack made his debut in Rio last year. Competing against the world’s best at the event, Jack also placed himself on the European open Water Championship podium earlier the same year, after he bagged silver in the 10km in Hoorn, Netherlands – what a result!
Alys Thomas – Last but not least is Alys Thomas! Making her debut at the World Championships this summer, Alys, like Calum, is from Wales. Representing the country at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, she competed in the 100m and 200m butterfly – no mean feat, we’re sure you’ll agree!
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