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College backing Olympic dream

A BALSALL Common teenager is hoping to make a splash as he combines A level studies with his dream of becoming an Olympic swimmer.

A BALSALL Common teenager is hoping to make a splash as he combines A level studies with his dream of becoming an Olympic swimmer.

David Maxwell, a student at The Sixth Form College, Solihull is juggling Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Spanish A levels with his swimming commitments since joining the College from Heart of England School last month.

Training 28 hours per week and often getting up at 4am to go to the pool, the 16-year-old is already showing great promise.

“I love swimming and I want to do well. I’m thinking about trying to get into a university in America, where they are really good at nurturing swimmers,” he said.

“Lots of people ask me about the London 2012 Games, but that one might be a bit soon for me. I’ll be 18 years old then, so it’s a possibility, but I think the 2016 Games are the one to really aim for.”

David has competed in the Youth Games in Pune in India in 2008 and in the qualifying tournament for the Commonwealth Games, which is currently running.

The College has recognised David’s exceptional talent and commitment by awarding him a commendation and making a contribution towards the costs of his participation in the English Schools National Championships.

 

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