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Olympic level training for College swimmer Thomas

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Thomas with his trophy and medals.

Wakefield College student, Thomas Raddings, was invited to a Down Syndrome Swimming Team GB training camp for two days in January in Portsmouth and Isle of Wight.

Thomas, who has Down’s syndrome, is a successful swimmer with the Able2 Pontefract Special Olympics club. He started his weekend on Saturday in Ryde on the Isle of Wight where the 26 athletes involved trained in a gym with Rhiannon Williams, a qualified coach and ex GB synchro member, who taught a session on yoga, pilates, and land training. This was followed by a pool training session with Team GB coaches and Rhiannon Williams.

Sunday was a motivational talk by Mike Goody, a Multi gold medallist from the Invictus Games and an ambassador for STA.

The next camp is at the end of April in Nottingham.

Thomas will continue to compete in swimming competitions across the country in 2017 including the National Summer Games, which will be held in Sheffield during August.

In 2014 and 2015, Thomas won a gold medal at the Down Syndrome Swimming Federation European Open Swimming Championships, gold at the British Learning Disability Championships, three gold medals at the Down Syndrome International Swimming Organisation British Open Championships and two National Titles at the National Halliwick British Championships.

Thomas’s hard work and commitment were recognised at the Yorkshire Children of Courage and Achievement Awards where he won the Sporting Achievement Award.

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CONTACT: For more information email info@wakefield.ac.uk, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 15 March, 2017

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