ARE YOU THE FUTURE OF BRITISH SPORT?

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Joseph Patching

VOTES: 15

VOTE > D.O.B: 16.04.1994
Sport: Swimming
Trains at: Plymouth Leander
SPORTING ACHIEVEMENTS: 2012:
Placed 5th at the British Olympic Trials and Broke the 17 year Old British Record (2:00.52)

Qualified for the GB Junior Team for European Juniors in July



2011:
Long Listed for the Olympic Swimming Team

Placed 4th in the 200m backstroke at European Juniors (u/19)aged 17

First GB Squad selection for European Juniors, Serbia, July 2011

50 Backstroke 16 Y/O British Record - 26.80

WISE Schools International (Representing England):
200m Backstroke Gold Medal
100m Backstroke Gold Medal



2010:
National Youth Champs 15/16 Y/O:
100m Backstroke Gold Medal - 57.25
200m Individual Medley Gold Medal - 2.05.20
200m Backstroke Gold Medal & 16 Y/O British Record - 2.02.08

UK Schools Games:
200m IM Gold Medal
400m IM Gold Medal

100m Backstroke English Schools Gold Medallist & former Championship Record Holder ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

My Background:
I was born in Ascot and was fortunate enough to go to Lambrook School which had a swimming pool. I trained with my local club Bracknell and Wokingham in my early years. As I grew, more sessions were needed to improve my swimming. An increasing training regime was a struggle for my parents to juggle work and getting me to the various training venues. In 2006, I moved away from my home and my family, in order to access a high performance training programme in Plymouth ,which offered a more balanced life. Being away from home is very hard, but I adapted to the lifestyle and enjoy boarding at Plymouth College and training with Plymouth Leander.

Swimming:
Moving to Plymouth in 2006 really helped me develop my early dream of becoming an international swimmer and made it a reality. Hard training accelerated my development and I developed as an athlete.Currently, I train 12 sessions per week with 9x2 hour pool sessions and 3x1.5 hour land training sessions. I am focused and determined and always prepared to give 100% in training, my positive mind set also helps to encourage other team mates around me. This optimizes the amount I gain out of every training session.

In 2009, after 3 years in Plymouth I broke my first British Age Group Record in the 200m Backstroke. I also recently secured GB squad selection to represent GB at the European Juniors in Serbia in July, this gave me a real confidence boost and desire to achieve even more and I will be proud to represent my Country. I am now ranked in the top 8 in Britain for the 200m backstroke and hopefully continuing my hard work in training will give me a shot at qualifying for London 2012.


I understand what is needed and have the desire. Adding support from For Goodness Shakes and elite mentors such as Liam Tancock to my existing support from my family, friends and coaching staff, would really help me achieve my ultimate goal- to represent GB in the Olympic Games.

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