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Ones to Watch - UK edition

9 December 2016

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We're almost done with 2016 so here's a quick update on the F-Team athletes that have been making some waves in the pool this year. It's the Ones To Watch UK edition!

Tom Derbyshire

 Funky Trunks athlete Tom Derbyshire
F-Teamer Tom (right) poses for a post-training pic with a young Funky Trunker.

Tom is building an impressive 1500m resume which includes a gold medal from the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games (15:31.18), a British Junior record (15:22.58) in the 16-year age group and the title of European Junior Champion - which he won after slicing over 14 seconds of his personal best to swim 15.08.31!

After coming ninth at the British Championships in April with a 15:43.66 swim, Tom trained intensely ahead of the European Junior Championships. The results of his hard work were clear as he powered through the most difficult event on the program.

"Of all of my 2016 results, I am most proud of that gold, not only because it was the most major meet and a lot of effort and hard work went into training to achieve a dream, but also because it made all the disappointment of the European Games in 2015 almost worthwhile," he says.

At the 2015 European Games, Tom came 8th with a time of 15:39.19 - a disappointing result for Tom that left him shaken.

"I struggled a lot last season mentally because of that result, so to achieve something that I never thought I could really gave me the confidence I needed to move on with my swimming," he reveals.

Tom recently made the shortlist of 10 athletes selected from over 1100 rising British stars for the 2016 SportsAid 'Ones to Watch' Award. While he didn't win, he was very thankful to have been nominated.

2017 will be a big year for Tom moving to the University Of Bath to study and train with the aim to compete at the World Long Course Championships in July.

"My main aim for this season is to try and break 15 minutes for the 1500m long course, which will hopefully put me in a position to qualify for Worlds," he says.

We're looking forward to watching Tom smash that 15 minute mark on the path to achieving his dream of competing and medalling at an Olympic Games.

Jacob Peters

Funky Trunks athlete Jacob Peters

Jacob Peters bagged a series of gold medal performances at the British Summer Championships where he scooped up three gold, one bronze and a British Junior Record - not bad for four days of racing.

The 16-year-old took home the fly trifecta after snagging gold in the 200m (2:02.98), 100m (55.52) and 50m, as well as a bronze in the 50m backstroke. His 24.80 in the 50 fly broke the British Junior record in the 16 years age group and was the first time a British 15-year-old swimmer had swum under 25 seconds.

Jacob still holds the Short Course Junior records for the 50m (24.82) and 100m fly (54.46). The 50m fly is definitely his favourite event.

"It's a pure adrenaline race, brute force and technique with no time to wonder if your catch is correct or if you should kick more. That moment when you touch and for a split second you're not sure who got the touch - that's heart-stopping," he says.

Jacob is focussing on making Team GB for the 2017 World Junior Swimming Championships in August, where he hopes to make a final. He also hopes to swim under 1:50 for the 200m fly.

"It's a long way off happening at the moment but that is my aim. To help me get there, I'm working on my turns and maintaining my underwater work," he says.

After such a strong 2016, Jacob is ready to kick things up a notch in 2017 and we can't wait to see what he has in his bag of tricks.

Funkita F-Teamers to watch

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