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SWIMMING: Horrocks targets Glasgow Games
AFTER impressing at the ASA National Championships last month, Bury swimmer Sam Horrocks has just one goal in mind – next summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The City of Manchester Aquatics star smashed his personal best to win the 19yrs+ 100m backstroke final in 55.18secs, and also claimed gold in the 50m butterfly and silver in the 200m butterfly.
Horrocks, who helped GB to 4x100m bronze in the medley relay at the European Junior Championships last summer, hopes his success will act as a springboard for senior representation in the next 12 months.
“I’m quite lucky that I swim three strokes,” said the former Bury College pupil, pictured.
“The year to date has been excellent, I’m still progressing and setting personal bests, which is all good for the future.”
“I’m pleased with the performance in Sheffield. It was a bit unexpected as I didn’t get off to the best start at the meet, but I am really pleased to have outperformed my expectations.
“It’s been a good year so far. In relation to the 100m butterfly, perhaps not as well as I’d hoped but better than expected in the 50m and the 200m butterfly, and much better in the 100m backstroke.
“The Commonwealth trials are the next goal, which should be held next April.”
Horrocks, a three-time national junior 100m butterfly champion, knows he is on the verge of turning teenage promise into senior achievement.
But to do that he will have to see off the challenge of the likes of Liam Tancock and Christopher Walker-Hebbern, just two of the guys currently ranked above the 19-year-old.
“I’m the third or fourth ranked English swimmer for the 100m backstroke and 100m butterfly so it will all depend on how many places British swimming pick,” added Horrocks, who benefits from being a member of the Local Heroes programme.
Lloyds TSB Local Heroes, in partnership with SportsAid, has supported 1,000 of Britain’s most talented developing athletes. As part of Lloyds TSB’s commitment to helping future sports stars prosper, the programme will continue through 2013. Follow future stars at facebook.com/ lloydstsblocalheroes.
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