A student from the University of St Mark & St John, Ben Proud, has won a gold medal at the British Swimming Championships.
The 21-year-old swimming star came a step closer to his place in Team GB at the British Swimming Championships in Glasgow, with a winning time of 21.73 in the 50m Freestyle.
In the morning’s qualifying heats he smashed the British record with 21.65, making it to the final along with Plymouth Leander team-mates Tom Fannon and Marjon student Aaron Rickuss.
In an interview leading up to the race, Proud said: “ ‘Work hard in silence and let success be your noise’, I think that quote works for me. I don’t tend to boast about what I do. The older I’ve become, the more lucky I realise I’ve become”
He thanked the University of St Mark & St John for its support: “They gave me the flexibility to do the course the way I wanted, to focus on swimming.”
Here's an interview with him in the lead-up to the competition:
Having spent his childhood in Malaysia, Proud says his success is down to his parents who supported his love of the water: “My parents have been so supportive throughout my whole childhood and especially recently. I moved to Malaysia when I was about 5 months old, and with it being a hot climate you tend to spend a lot of your time in the pool.”
But he calls Plymouth home: “I love Plymouth. I’m a beach person, so I like going to the beach and just being by the sea. You can drive for 20 minutes and be somewhere amazing.”
Professor Andrew Edwards, Dean of the Faculty of Sport & Health Sciences, said: “Ben is an outstanding athlete and we are very excited at his prospects of Olympic success. With our research team examining optimal heat acclimation techniques for the Rio Olympics, it is our aim to support Ben both as a student and athlete.”
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