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Jack Thomas

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Classification
S14, SB14, SM14

Further personal information

Family
Partner Isobel Elliott
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
Swim Conwy: Wales
Name of coach
Rob Aubry [national], GBR

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. (walesonlines.co.uk, 02 Apr 2018; 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 a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (walesonlines.co.uk, 02 Apr 2018)
Other information
HIATUS
He sustained a broken wrist after competing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Scotland, which contributed to him losing his funding. In 2015 he then split with his coach of six years Billy Pye and considered quitting the sport. After a six-month break he returned to swimming 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 fulfils my life. It balances me out." (bbc.co.uk, 19 May 2017)

VOLUNTEER WORK
He volunteers at Llandudno Swim Centre in Wales. (disabilitysportwales.com, 20 Dec 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Freestyle S14 Heat 2 2013-08-12 9
Men's 100 m Backstroke S14 Final 1 2013-08-14 5
Men's 100 m Backstroke S14 Heat 2 2013-08-14 6
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Final 1 2013-08-18 6
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Heat 2 2013-08-18 4