Henry Bell

Henry’s Still Swimming

We have been following the swimming successes of Henry Bell for some time now. So long, in fact, that he’s now 18 so has to compete as an adult.

Henry Bell
Henry Bell

Not deterred by older and more experienced swimmers, Henry has taken part in four local open water swimming competitions this summer. In the Henley classic he came 6th in his category, 20th overall out of over 700 swimmers. He competed in the Henley Mile coming 1st in the 18-24 years category and 3rd overall out of around 550 swimmers. He took part in the Club to Pub swim coming 3rd in his category and 9th overall out of over 700 swimmers. His final competition this summer was the Thames Marathon coming 27th in the Open Mens’ Wetsuit category and 33rd over all out of approximately 740 swimmers.

Henry’s mum, Rebecca, tells me Henry continues to enjoy his swimming training at both Thame Swimming Club and at Gillotts with his open water swimming friends. Dedication indeed, as he now has to fit his sport around attending the Berkshire College of Agriculture, driving lessons, volunteering with the Green Gym and helping with gardening at All Saints’ Church.

Nigel Downing, Henry’s mentor, has continued to play a huge part in his success, training with him whenever possible, mostly in the Thames but also many early morning sessions at Gillotts throughout the year.

Keep swimming Henry!

Sue Nickson