Exmouth swimmer goes for gold - and helps his condition

PUBLISHED: 11:46 12 February 2015 | UPDATED: 11:46 12 February 2015

Joseph Day, who suffers with a chronic bone condition, displaying the silver swimming medal he won.

Joseph Day, who suffers with a chronic bone condition, displaying the silver swimming medal he won.

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A fundraising swimmer, who has a chronic bone condition, has won silver at the Devon Counties swimming competition.

Joe Day, 13, of Myrtle Row, has polostotic fibrous dysplasia, which causes fractures and pain in his bones.

His consultant has told him that his 14-hours-a-week swimming training seems to be helping his condition.

Joe won a silver medal in the 200 butterfly category for his age group in Plymouth.

The St Peter’s pupil has qualified for the ASA South West Regional Championships at Hengrove in May, where he will compete in the 100 and 200-metre butterfly.

He said: “I’m hoping to compete in the 1500 and 500 freestyle events as well, if I can get the entry times at Cardiff in March and Portsmouth in April.”

If that goes well, Joseph hopes to go on to take part in the national championships next year.

Joe said: “My condition is being managed by my swimming as it is not a weight-bearing sport.”

He discovered he had the condition when he hurt himself swimming while playing with friends in the pool.

Joe has raced for Exmouth Swimming Club and has now moved to swim for Exeter’s swimming club.

Last June, he raised nearly £1,200 for Marie Curie by competing in a triathlon, which included swimming 50 lengths, cycling to Lympstone Commando Training Centre and running back to Exmouth.

His mum, Sorrell Yates, said: “I’m very proud of him and I admire his work ethic and his courage.”

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