Jack out to become Commonwealth Games splash hit!

Jack Thorpe swimmer with his medal'Photo Emma Mitchell'10/7/12
Jack Thorpe swimmer with his medal'Photo Emma Mitchell'10/7/12

COMMONWEALTH Games hopeful Jack Thorpe believes he can realise his dream of competing at the 2014 Games when they come to Glasgow.

The Milngavie swimmer who was recently head-hunted by Edinburgh University swimming coach Chris Jones following an impressive summer that included a personal best at the Olympic trials.

Milngavie and Bearsden swimming club member who specialises in the 50m freestyle sprint is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson who was also coached by Jones.

The 18-year-old looks to be on track having just set a Scottish national record in the 4x50m freestyle relay at the BUCS Championships and is optimistic about the future.

Thorpe, a former Douglas Academy pupil and a member the Bank of Scotland Local Heroes - in partnership with SportsAid - said: “I have been training with the Edinburgh Uni swimming squad since September while studying sport and recreational management and I love it.

“The work and training is manageable at the moment and I am on top of it all with the training going really well.

Ranked at number two in Scotland in the 50m, Thorpe is aiming to compete in the Commonwealth trials next year, although a venue and date has still have to be confirmed but it could possibly be the middle of next year.

This weekend the swimmer is competing in the Scottish Short Course Championships at the Commonwealth pool in Edinburgh and is confident of a good result.

He said: “The coaches are really pleased with me and Chris has known me from previous events. The set-up they have at Edinburgh is excellent. The gym is great, the pool is great and it is very competitive.”

Jack is now hoping that some of Chris’ magic will rub off on him. Jones is well known across Scotland and a few Olympians have come through the programme he runs including Michael Jamieson and Hannah Miley.

Thorpe said: “My goal is to make the grade at the Commonwealth trials in 2013. This will be huge. I am just trying to knock off small amounts each time.

“I am just wanting to see consistent improvements in my times and if that doesn’t happen I hope my technique stays good.”