2nd December 2019 — Bournemouth Collegiate Student Leo McCrea enjoyed a gold standard weekend at the National Para Swimming Championships in Manchester.
The Toyko 2020 hopeful came away with 6 gold medals and 3 personal bests in what has been his first targeted meet of the year.
16 year old Leo is in Year 11 at the Bournemouth-based school, and has only recently finished his Mock GCSE exams - managing to combine his academic endeavours with his sporting passion admirably.
Leo has Achondroplasia, a bone growth disorder, and competes in the S6 class which includes people with a range of different types of disability including short stature, major limb impairment or loss in two limbs. Through his mother, Leo is eligible to swim as part of the Swiss Paralympic Swimming Team, and having hit the criteria the wait is now on to hear whether or not he will be selected for Tokyo 2020.
Head of Bournemouth Collegiate School Swimming Academy Sam Woodward said "This was a fantastic weekend for Leo, and has set him up well for what we hope will be a very exciting 2020. Leo is an absolutely brilliant swimmer - his perseverance and dedication is second to none and he shows an incredible resilience in training and at meets that is impressive beyond measure. We could not be prouder to have him in our Academy."
Russell Slatford, Head of BCS added "What a fantastic result for Leo, at an incredibly exciting time for him in his swimming career. I have every faith that Leo will continue to excel in his swimming, and look forward to following his future successes."