Swimmer Hughes ready to make splash at UK School Games

PUBLISHED: 11:11 02 September 2011

CALEB Hughes has been busy re-writing his personal record book this year but the Hatfield swimmer isn’t ruling out ripping it up completely at the Sainsbury’s UK School Games.

The 15-year-old couldn’t have asked for a better ASA National Youth Championships last month, visiting the podium an impressive six times at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge.

Among the medal haul there were golds in the 1750m open water, 400m and 1500m freestyles, while collecting silvers in the 100m and 200m freestyles and 400m medley bronze.

But despite also setting new personal bests in all of his races, Hughes has bad news for his rivals as he returns to the Steel City for the UK School Games – insisting he is far from done.

“The nationals were brilliant and I couldn’t have asked for anything more really because, not only did I win the medals, but I also got new personal bests,” said Hughes.

“That was better than I could have hoped for and expected at the beginning of the season and it has given me a real confidence boost heading to Sheffield.

“I did last year’s UK School Games but it didn’t go as well as I would have liked because I only got back from a six-week break in America just before it.

“So this year I am hoping for a lot more and I head there in good form so I don’t see why I can’t do well when I get in the pool.”

Hughes will hardly be out of the pool when the Games, which will see 1600 youngsters compete across a record 12 sports in Sheffield, kick off on September 1.

With the 200m medley, 1500m and 200m freestyles as well as the 200m butterfly penciled into his schedule, Hughes has high hopes of being a regular on the podium just like he will be in the water.

“I will be quite busy at the UK School Games but to be honest I like it that way and I think it brings the best out of me,” he added.

“So even though I will be doing a lot of swims I have done it before and I know what to do so I am still confident of leaving Sheffield with some medals.”

Visit www.ukschoolgames.com to find out more about this year’s Sainsbury’s UK School Games.

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