Swimmer Calum picks up silver at British University Championships

Swimmer Calum Tait says he is closing the gap on fellow British athletes after winning silver at the BUCS Gatorade 200m breaststroke event.

The 19-year-old travelled to Sheffield’s Ponds Forge recently for the annual British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) National Championships.

The event saw the former Douglas Academy pupil competing against the likes of London 2012 Olympian Andrew Willis.

And it was Willis who took gold with Tait next to touch the wall in 2:14.15minutes.

Calum said: “It was pretty tough, I felt really good in the morning but I was hurting down the last length. It was a good time so I was pleased.

“Andrew is such an experienced swimmer, he has swam at the top of the world rankings for so many years now and it would have been a massive effort to beat him.

“I’m pleased I was that close, a couple of seconds away, but hopefully I’ll get closer. I’m 19 so I’ve still got lots of years to improve.”

Gatorade is the exclusive nutrition and hydration partner to British Universities & Colleges Sports and headline sponsor of the BUCS Gatorade Nationals.

BUCS and Gatorade work together to educate student athletes on the importance of sports nutrition and hydration.

For more visit: www.bucs.org.uk/gatorade.