Morley aims for podium in Glasgow

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Fareham Nomads swimmer Arthur Morley vowed to win even more medals after picking up the outstanding contribution to disabled sport at the News Sports Awards last week.

Morley, who has spina bifida and familial spastic paraplegia, won an impressive medal haul at the British Gas Open Disability Championships last year.

He was also selected for the Amateur Swimming Association Development Programme.

However, the 15-year-old admitted his surprise at winning another accolade last Thursday.

‘I wasn’t really expecting the award to be honest because I’ve only been swimming for about two years,’ said Morley.

‘It was a crazy year for me. I had competitions every weekend but the highlight was going to the internationals in Glasgow.

‘I got to a couple of finals there and it was really good.

‘In November I went to the nationals and I won six medals – three golds, two bronze and a silver – that was a really good experience.

‘I’m doing personal bests pretty much every time I swim now which is really good.’

He is also currently ranked first in his age range for S8 breaststroke and second for S9 butterfly and freestyle.

But now the Swanmore College student is hoping to equal last year’s achievements and get on the podium at the British Para Swimming International Meet in Glasgow next month.

Morley said: ‘This year I hope to do as well as I did last year.

‘I’m going to Glasgow next month for the internationals.

‘I just hope to get into a few more finals and maybe get a couple of medals this time.

‘Obviously the main aim is to get as many personal bests as I can because that’s all I can do.

‘If I’ve beaten my best, that’s as good as it gets.’

The talented swimmer has certainly enjoyed a meteoric rise in the sport.

His impressive performances have won him recognition and he was also chosen to be part of the Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme last year.