Swimming: Tom Exall Named Captain of the Sussex National County Team
Upper Fifth pupil Tom Exall enjoyed success in the pool last weekend at the National County Team Championships, where he swam the 50m front crawl relay in an amazing time of 24.2, and was named Captain of the Sussex Boys team.
Tom says, “Being named Captain was a great surprise, and I’m absolutely delighted. I’m the youngest person in the open age group (which goes up to 18 years old), and it’s very motivating to compete with such talented swimmers in a higher age bracket.
“Part of my role as Captain is to organise the younger relay teams and individual swimmers and provide them with land-based warm ups. It’s great to help the younger swimmers in the squad and be part of their development.”
Tom started swimming at the age of 4 years old, and currently competes for Hailsham Swim Club and Bede’s. Highlights so far include competing in the County Swimming Championships in March, and winning the Swim England 16yrs National title in 50m freestyle at the English National Summer Championships in August.
Looking ahead, Tom and the rest of the Sussex National County Team will compete in The National Arena Swimming League this weekend – one of the highest-level competitions for clubs to compete against each other – as well as the Sussex League in next summer.
“I’ll be swimming against a few local teams and members of ex-clubs that I have trained with, so this will be a great experience with some friendly rivalry,” Tom says. “I’m aiming as high as possible, and hope to take part in even higher level meets and competitions in the future.”
Mr David Byrne, Director of Sport, adds, “We are very proud of Tom’s achievements, which are testament to his hard work and dedication to the sport. Considering Tom is yet to take his GCSEs, to have accomplished so much at such a young age is astounding, and we look forward to working with him more in lessons and training to allow him to flourish into the best athlete he can be.”