School lessons tee Jermy up for Glasgow test

Oliver Jermy. Picture: Sarah Standing (131764-298)
Oliver Jermy. Picture: Sarah Standing (131764-298)
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Oliver Jermy is determined to kick on after starring for England in the World School Games.

The Lovedean talent travelled to Brazil earlier this winter – and picked up bronze medals in the 200m backstroke and 400m individual medley.

Now back in home waters, the 16-year-old South Downs College ace has dived into his bid for Commonwealth Games selection.

An emerging star of the Havant & Waterlooville Swimming Club, Jermy is currently competing for glory in the Hampshire Championships.

The quest for county honours began at the Mountbatten Centre on Saturday and continues over the next two weekends.

He will then be aiming to swim for success at the British Championships from April 10-15.

The meet doubles as a trial for England’s Commonwealth Games squad.

Jermy is determined to give himself the best chance of making the team for the Glasgow event in July.

And he couldn’t be in much better form after the double medal haul from Brazil – along with a fine eighth in the 50m backstroke final.

Jermy was part of a 24-strong England team for the competition in South America – with all the starlets aged from 15 to 18.

The team received a good-luck letter from Prince William, Duke of Cambridge prior to the event, which involved 42 countries and took place in a 35 degree heated outdoor pool over five days.

Jermy said: ‘The whole experience was just incredible.

‘Swimming in an open-air pool in 35 degree heat was such a great experience.

‘I was even lucky enough to take part in the parade at the opening ceremony.

‘Getting to swim in an open-air pool with wind and rain was a completely different scenario to my usual training but it was fantastic.

‘I have to thank my family and friends for their support.

‘I am extremely grateful to my coach Graham Pople and accountancy firm Wilkins Kennedy for their sponsorship, too.’

Now attention turns to domestic battles.

And with the Commonwealth Games an exciting target, there is no extra incentive required for Jermy to get stuck into his gruelling training regime.

His mum, Mandy, said: ‘He is really excited about the British Championships because there is a possibility he could gain a place for the Commonwealths.

‘Going up against elite athletes would be a fabulous experience for him.

‘He trains very hard – four mornings and four evenings every week – and this means sometimes his social life has to be put aside.

‘But he is very determined and driven to succeed.

‘He would like to get a scholarship to go to university in America.

‘He still has a year until he has to think about that, though.’