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Dylan Broom

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Classification
S14, SB14, SM14

Further personal information

Residence
Pontypool, WAL
Occupation
Student
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming at a young age and joined a club after watching the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Why this sport?
"I came home from a holiday in Cornwall and the 2012 London Olympics were on. Watching that made me want to join a swimming club. We applied for a place with Torfaen Dolphins Performance Squad in Pontypool and got in there."
Club / Team
Torfaen Dolphins: Wales
Name of coach
Ian Rosser [club]
Training Regime
"I swim nine times a week, with two sessions of land training. I think it works out at about 14 hours in the pool and two to four hours in the gym. I train twice a day, five days a week."

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning three gold, one silver and two bronze medals at the 2018 World Series event in Berlin. (southwalesargus.co.uk, 17 Oct 2018)
Hero / Idol
British Para swimmer Alex Rosser. (southwalesargus.co.uk, 17 Oct 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (southwalesargus.co.uk, 17 Oct 2018)
Impairment
"It [my impairment] affects my speed of processing, reaction time, stroke rate. It's not an intelligence issue, it's a processing issue." (southwalesargus.co.uk, 17 Oct 2018)
Other information
BALANCING SCHOOL AND SPORT
He juggles his swimming training with his school work. "My daily routine would generally be waking up at 5.30am and go to the pool for 5.45am for an hour and a half training. I go home, catch the bus [to school], finishing around 4.30pm. On Mondays for example, I catch the bus back home from college, relax and make sure I get some rest, and eat plenty before I train again at 6.30pm, finishing at 8.30pm. I have some food when I back from training and go to bed at 9pm. I think I'm balancing everything quite well so far. I have Wednesdays off at college, which helps a lot. I can catch up with all my college work on Wednesdays. On the weekends I make sure that I have time to take care of myself. When the galas are on or there is a Welsh training camp it can be a seven-day training week." (southwalesargus.co.uk, 17 Oct 2018)