Daniel dives into nationals

PUBLISHED: 13:29 18 August 2011 | UPDATED: 13:29 18 August 2011

Dan Walker

Dan Walker


Daniel Walker, 14, of Chard & District Swimming Club has just competed at the National Age Group Championships in Sheffield for the third year running writes Hannah Pullinger.

Daniel is the only current member to reach this level, achieving the required qualifying times in both the 200m and 100m breaststroke events.

In the 200m Breaststroke heats, Daniel achieved an impressive personal best time of 2.36.16 to finish 13th, just missing a place in the final by 0.6 of a second.

In the 100m event, hampered by a recurring shoulder injury, Daniel still managed 15th place with a time of 1.12.32, again narrowly missing the final by 0.4 of a second this time.

Daniel started his swimming with lessons at the Aqua Centre in Crewkerne, progressing to Chard Swimming Club where he has dominated his age group since starting in 2005.

Under the coaching of John Farrant he achieved his first National qualifying time in the 100m Breaststroke at age 12 and has gone from strength to strength, latterly under the coaching of Zoe Baker, herself a former World Champion Breaststroke swimmer.

His success has been rewarded with a swimming scholarship to Bournemouth Collegiate College from this September. Fellow members wish him well in this new venture, and hope to see him back training with Chard during the holidays.

●If you are interested in competitive swimming the Club is always looking for new members, of any age, but particularly 8-9 year olds and those finishing swimming lessons.

For more information about Chard & District Swimming Club please visit the web-site www.chardswimming.org

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