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Lewis White

Lewis White.

The 15-year-old swimmer, from Swadlincote, is a student at The Pingle School and a member of City of Derby Swimming Club. He competes in the S9 category and won a bronze medal in the 100m freestyle at the British Championships. Lewis is on the World Class Podium Potential Programme with British Para-swimming.

Lewis says: "I train under City of Derby Swimming Club head hoach, Mel Marshall, in the National Squad and also complete several sessions in the Elite Squad I have several early starts, getting up at 4.15am to train for a couple of hours before school.

"I train for more than 18 hours a week - nine sessions of water work alongside daily stretching exercises and some gym work - at Repton School Pool, Queen's Leisure Centre and occasionally at Loughborough University.

"I am member of the British Para-Swimming World Class Podium Potential Squad, and, as one of 33 selected para-swimmers, I have to meet strict requirements to retain my position there.

"I attend training camps, keep a daily log of all his training and compete at a number of major meets during the course of the season. My most recent camp was a pre-season week in Berlin and I will shortly be travelling to Natal, Brazil to compete for GB in the Brazil School Games.

"My season objective is to reduce my 400 front crawl time and aim to do this in preparation for Paralympic trials in April 2016.

"My long-term ambition is to represent his country at the Paralympic Games on more than one occasion and bring home a gold medal."