Jermy shows his national potential

Oliver Jermy collected four wins at the Hampshire County Championships this month
Oliver Jermy collected four wins at the Hampshire County Championships this month
Havant & Waterlooville swimming club raised money with their channel challenge. Picture: Jonathan Stock

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Oliver Jermy underlined his national class at the Hampshire County Championships.

Jermy picked up a string of successes on the county stage as his Havant & Waterlooville outfit continue to punch above their weight.

The 15-year-old delivered wins in every one of the four races he entered.

That meant victories in the 200m and 400m freestyle, as well as the 200m and 400m individual medley.

Crucially, Jermy picked up three national qualifying times to ensure his participation in the British Championships in Sheffield in July.

Hopes are high for the hard-working talent moving forward, according to his club’s head coach, Graham Pople.

Jermy has previously picked up a medal at Ponds Forge – the venue for nationals – and is showing impressive form once again.

He faces a period of sustained hard work between now and July, but Pople knows what he is capable of achieving.

‘Oliver won every event he swam in his age group,’ said Pople.

‘More importantly, though, is getting those national qualifying times.

‘He picked up another three last weekend. It’s a stepping stone for guys like him who are nationally-ranked in the country.

‘It’s an opportunity to get those qualifying times, which sets him up for the rest of the year.

‘We have three people with national qualifying times. From now on their preparation is about July.

‘Oliver’s looking strong and he’s looking fit.

‘Two years ago he medalled at the nationals when he picked up a bronze in the 400m freestyle.

‘He’s consistently stayed in the top three for the 400m freestyle and 400m medley.

‘He’s certainly a talent, but talent alone is worthless without being able to work hard.

‘The boy really works and his performances have got better and better.

‘We have a three-pronged rule which is consistency, hard work and no compromise.

‘This has been going for three or four years and we build that culture.’

Jermy wasn’t the only Havant & Waterlooville member to impress in the county championships. Joe Duffy, Katy Byrne and Max Hewett also shone in the competition.

Pople added: ‘Joe won his age group in the 100m freestyle and Max has all the breaststrokes for the national championships.

‘Katy Byrne won the 200m freestyle and 200m medley at her age.

‘She has picked up national times as well. So we are getting strong performances, male and female, young and old, through hard work.

‘The guys have brought into the programme and have worked hard since September.

‘It’s nice to see them perform but it’s no surprise because they work hard and reap the benefits.

‘It shows we are still punching above our weight.’