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Going swimmingly

13 September 2021

A Westminster City School student swam his way to nine gold medals at the Barking and Dagenham Aquatics Club Championship this summer.

Taking place just before the school holiday, this championship was one of Tyrone’s first competitive events in some time, due to COVID-19 restrictions. Despite this, and that he was sometimes competing against older swimmers with more competition experience, Tyrone did exceptionally well and won gold medals for nine of his ten competitions.

Now in Year 10, Tyrone said: “I’ve been swimming since a really young age, after my parents encouraged me to try the sport as a way to keep fit, as well as develop a good life skill. I love swimming and I now train seven to eight times a week with Barking and Dagenham Aquatics Club.”

Tyrone’s intense training schedule - which means he heads to the pool two or three mornings a week before-school, as well as swimming after-school - might sound exhausting to many. However, it simply doesn’t faze him. He explained: “There are days when I go swimming twice a day but I only train from Monday to Friday. The weekends are my rest days!”

Tyrone’s proud parents thanked our School’s PE Department for their ongoing support and encouragement. His mother said: “I have no doubt that the School’s PE lessons contributed to maintaining his fitness levels during the pandemic, even when the swimming pools were shut down.”

Congratulations Tyrone! All at Westminster City School look forward to hearing about more of your swimming success in the future.

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