Hereward student qualifies for Great Britain Olympic trials

Hereward sports student, Joshua Fairchild is setting his sights on the Paralympic Games in Rio this summer after qualifying for the Great Britain trials which will take place in Glasgow between 23rd and 27th April.

Recently achieving a bronze medal at the Amateur Swimming Association, Josh has made progress in four different events and is hoping to be part of team GB in the 100m backstroke, 100m breaststroke, 100m freestyle as well as the 200m freestyle. He trains regularly with the Coventry Swimming Club and has been competing in the s14 category for people with learning difficulties at both local, national and international events.

Matt Berry, Sports Activator at Herward College says:

“All the staff at Hereward are very impressed with Josh’s committment to achieve and his passion for swimming. As one of many active sports students at Hereward, it’s great to hear his success goes beyond the classroom and we all wish him the best of luck for the trials.

Hereward has a real focus on ensuring our learners actively participate in a whole range of sports and ensure there is plenty to get involved with both during and outside of their college day. Sport is a key part of many of our studen’t everyday lives and has really enhanced their college experience. It’s wonderful to hear of their success stories and achievements.”

Josh says:

“Ever since I heard I was going to Glasgow I have been training twice as hard. I am concentrating twice as hard and I am making sure I am ready to perform at my very best. The 200m freestyle is my main event mainly because I am better at the longer distance. I know when I need to change speeds but I will be doing my best to do well in all four events. If I stay calm, try and think big and just swim to the best of my ability that is the best I can do. If I qualify for Rio it will be really exciting to go out there and be part of the Great Britain team.”