4th Dec, 2016

Terrific Tom books his place at the Summer Nationals

Stratford Editorial 14th Jun, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A DREAM has come true for Stratford Sharks swimmer Tom Beamer who has realised his ambition of qualifying for the Amateur Swimming Association Summer Nationals which take place in Sheffield in August.

Beamer is a specialist 200m butterfly swimmer and is particularly good at this endurance event which requires excellent technique, phenomenal stamina and guts.

It is an event that has been made famous by names like Mark Spitz, world record holder Michael Phelps and more recently Chad le Clos.

Beamer is a pupil at Alcester Grammar School, studies hard and is required to ‘swim train’ for at least ten hours a week, but still finds the time to volunteer twice a week to help with the Sharks Academy Gold Squad sessions.

Alison Ireland, lead coach for Sharks Academy, said: “It is wonderful that Tom is able to find time to help the younger swimmers, they really look up to him.

“Tom’s fly technique is excellent and the young swimmers watch and learn. He is an excellent teacher who is full of enthusiasm for the sport.”

If you are interested in competitive swimming and would like to join Stratford Sharks Academy, then e-mail academy@stratfordsharksasc.co.uk.

Swimmers should be aged between seven and ten and have reached the minimum standard of Level 7 of an ASA Learn To Swim programme.