Hill swims to glory at Sheffield

PUBLISHED: 10:41 24 November 2010

exsp swimming David Hill

exsp swimming David Hill

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EXMOUTH swimmer David Hill was in great form last weekend, writes Steve Birley.

The 21-year old was competing at the Disability Sports Events Short Course swimming championships in Sheffield where he bagged himself British and European records.

First up he sealed a new European and British record in the 50m Butterfly and a New British record in the 50m Backstroke.

The success at Sheffield is testament to the decision Hill took earlier this year to invest even greater effort into his swimming career.

This was the first meeting of the new season for Hill who also managed to swim to a personal best time in the 50m Freestyle. Hill said: “I am thrilled with this first start of a new campaign and it is certainly something that I can build on. I decided earlier in the year to really have a go at my swimming and the results at Sheffield make the endless hours of training so worth it.”

Last season proved to be a mixed one for him for. he did qualify for the IPC European championships in Iceland and the IPC World Short Course championships in Rio de Janerio .

These took place at the start of the season in late 2009, where David gained a bronze and two bronze medals respectively but was later disappointed at not making the team for the World Championships in Eindhoven in August of this year.

It was at this time, Dave had to reassess his commitments. He had just completed a very successful first year of carpentry and joinery at Bath College and with no lottery funding was also working three days a week to support himself.

However with the punishing training schedule he must have in order to compete at such a high level his health and performance was suffering. With less than 18 months now to go to the Trials for London 2012 drastic changes had to be made.

So David has deferred his college course and stopped his job, in order to go back to fulltime swim training a decision that has proved to be the right one. However living and training away from home at Bath University and competing around the country, David is looking for sponsors to help him.

He has recently received some help from St Loyes foundation which he is very grateful to, but if he is to succeed he will require further assistance.

Anyone willing to help should contact his mom Gill Hill on gilly.hilly@talk21.com for further information.

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