Chelmsford schoolboy takes bronze at British Swimming Championships

A 17-year-old Little Baddow teenager has secured a bronze medal at the British Swimming Championships.

Jack Skerry was on top form for the event in Sheffield, where he took the bronze medal in the 50m Backstroke for the 18 age group and achieved personal bests in all of his five races.

Jack, who is deputy head boy at New Hall School in Chelmsford, brought home the first ever national swimming medal for the school. As well as winning the 50m Backstroke, he swam his way into the finals of the 100m Backstroke, 200m Backstroke, 50m Freestyle and the 100m Freestyle.

Jennifer Rice, head of swimming at New Hall School, who is a former international swimmer, said: “Jack trains for around 20 hours a week in the pool and the gym. His dedication to swimming is truly outstanding and this is a well-deserved result.”

Jack said: “I’m delighted with my medal and my performance overall at this meeting. Now I’m looking forward to heading to Sheffield again in December for the Swim England National Winter Championships.”


Mick Ferris

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