Burnley swimmer Tom shatters host of records

Burnley Bobcats swimmer Tom Hamer
Burnley Bobcats swimmer Tom Hamer

Burnley Bobcats swimmer Tom Hamer broke the British, European and World records at the National Junior/Youth Short Course Disability Championships last weekend.

Alder Grange student Tom, 15, who has a learning disability which qualifies him for the S14 category, completed the 200m Freestyle in one minute and 59.75 seconds. He smashed the previous record which was 2:01:51 and his PB of 2:01:54

Tom, from Rawtenstall, was a star of the championships with four gold medals in the 200m, 100m, 50m freestyle and 100m breast stroke, three silver medals, one bronze medal and five personal bests in the 200m Individual Medley, 100 backstroke, 200m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 50m freestyle.

Tom also trains as part of the Great Britain Performance Squad at Manchester Acquatics Centre every Tuesday 7.30am- 10.00am (includes both swimming and land work) and is aiming for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this year.

He is currently awaiting official IPC (International Paralympic Committee) classification of his disability – he has to carry out a series of tests in April at Glasgow – and then he can claim international records as well.

Alder Grange’s Curriculum Leader of PE Vanessa Holland said: “It shows how Tom’s dedication has paid off.

“He trains six out of seven days of the week including early mornings and at night.

“He is going from strength to strength.”