Double national swimming medallist Matthew Gray (15) is hoping to make his mark as a season of possible destiny lies ahead.
The Spalding Grammar School student is targeting next April’s British Swimming Olympic Trials in Glasgow where he will experience life in the fast lane of high-level competition in the pool.
I just wanted to make the finals and then do my best by carrying out my coach’s race planMatthew Gray of Spalding Grammar School
Matthew, of Moulton Chapel, has already given a sample of his potential after he picked up silver medals in both the 50m and 100m backstroke finals at the National Summer Swimming Championships in Sheffield last month.
The City of Peterborough Swimming Club member said: “I just wanted to make the finals and then do my best by carrying out my coach’s race plan.
“I like to tell him if things weren’t comfortable in the heats and I always like to conserve a little bit for the last ten metres of my finals so that I can try and set a fast time.”
Matthew began his preparations for the trials on September 1, working towards the National Short Course Winter Championships in December.
“I definitely want to continue swimming because it can open a lot of doors for me, both in sports and education,” Matthew said.
Dave Venables, head of physical education at Spalding Grammar School, said: “We’re just really proud of Matthew and his achievements which have been celebrated at our school.
“We’re aware of a lot of our students who swim in Spalding, the Deepings and Peterborough, an activity which adds value to their GCSE and A-level grades.”