Derby swimmer heads to Berlin

A University of Derby student will compete for GB’s open water swimming team at the European Championships in Berlin this week

Jack Rex Burnell, 21, a leading Team Derby sports scholar who is working towards a Higher National Diploma in Business and Management at the University, will compete in the 10km event at the championships which run from Wednesday until Sunday (August 13-17).

He goes into the championships in fine form, having clinched Gold in the 19-24 age group of the National 3km Championships held in Rother Valley, Sheffield last week (August 3 and 4).

Jack, from Lincoln, said: “I am feeling really good ahead of the event and training has gone well. I came sixth in my last World Cup race and will be using that experience to help me do the best I possibly can at the European Championships.

“I am going to be up against some of the best open water swimmers in the world this week, who have Olympic medals to their name, and that spurs me on to do the best I can. I’ll be giving it my all.”

Ollie Shearer, Sports Development Manager at the University of Derby, added: “Jack is a formidable 1,500m swimmer and I am not surprised that he has been included in the Great Britain team for this event.

“We wish him well for this event and are certain he will do himself and the University proud.”

Open water races take place in large outdoor areas of water such as seas, lakes, rivers, canals and reservoirs. The distance of each event varies from 1km to 80km, but at a major competitive level, the typical distances are 5km, 10km and 25km.

The first ever Olympic 10km marathon swimming race was included in Beijing 2008, when Team GB clinched three medals.



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