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THOMAS Jack
Sport Para swimming
NPC Great Britain   
GenderMen
Age23
Place of BirthSwansea, WAL
Height1.85 m
Weight 80 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Classification
S14, SB14, SM14
Further Personal Information
Residence
Llandudno, WAL
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at a pool in Swansea, Wales.
Why this sport?
His mother says he had a lot of excess energy so they experimented with different sports to help him burn it off. They began with power walking and cycling, but found twice weekly swimming lessons benefited him the most.
Club / Team
City of Manchester Aquatics Swim Team [COMAST]: England
Name of coach
Rob Aubry [national]
Senior International Debut
Year
2008
Competing for
Great Britain
Location
Poland
General Interest
Injuries
A broken wrist ruled him out of competing at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (bbc.co.uk, 19 May 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2014 Para Swimmer of the Year in Wales. (swansea.ac.uk, 25 Mar 2015)

He was named the 2013 Young Para Sportsperson of the Year at the Swansea Sport Awards in Wales. (swansea.gov.uk, 20 Jan 2015)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, and to compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (bbc.co.uk, 19 May 2017)
Other information
HIATUS
After competing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, he suffered a broken wrist, which ultimately led to him losing his national funding due to him being unable to compete. In 2015 his coach of six years, Billy Pye, left him, which pushed him further towards ending his swimming career. After taking six months away from the sport, he returned to the pool in 2016 under the guidance of his brother. "When my coach finished, a part of me wanted to finish. I was lost and didn't really know what to do. Whenever I haven't had my swimming, I feel like my life isn't complete. Swimming fulfills my life. It balances me out." (bbc.co.uk, 19 May 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships (Overall) - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2013 200m Freestyle S14 2:06.64
5 2013 100m Backstroke S14 1:04.77
6 2013 200m Individual Medley SM14 2:23.12
Commonwealth Games (Overall) - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
3 2014 200m Freestyle S14 2:01.27
5 2018 200m Freestyle S14 2:05.38
European Championships - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 100m Backstroke S14 1:03.44
3 2014 200m Freestyle S14 2:02.42
2 2014 200m Individual Medley SM14 2:17.99