Meet Daniel James

daniel-james-1In the first of a series of profiles on young swimmers – we feature Daniel James (15).

Daniel first started coming to Lonsdale Pool when he joined Derby Phoenix Swimming Club at the age of nine and he now swims for the A squad.

Swimming is more than a sporting pastime for the young man – it also helps greatly to build up his core strength and counter balance his mild curvature of the spine which was diagnosed when he was ten-years-old.

This determination to push himself has also led Daniel achieve distinction in the Royal Life Saving Society’s award scheme and become a teaching assistant at Gayton Spool.

He has also put his skills to good use – tackling open water swimming challenges across the UK to raise more than £2,200 for Dementia UK in memory of his late grandfather.

Out of the pool, Daniel is an accomplished musician – playing the flute with City of Derby Youth Orchestra and Derby Music Centre and piano in the school’s main band.

The Littleover Community School pupil has achieved the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award and has his sights set on a career in medicine.

Daniel said: “I have gained so much from swimming that I wanted to put something back into the sport and I thoroughly enjoy teaching.

“Swimming as part of a club is very social sport and it is great that there is always something new to learn.

“Whatever I do in life – I will always enjoy swimming.”

President of Derby Phoenix, Douglas Whitlam MBE said: “Daniel has always been a very conscientious, polite young man who has wholeheartedly supported Derby Phoenix swimming club and is a fine example of what hard work can result in.”


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