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Leek swimmer Joe Hulme impresses on his Great Britain debut

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 26, 2014

Swimmer Joe Hulme filled his trophy cabinet as a successful junor member of Leek ASC.

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LEEK swimmer Joe Hulme impressed on his Great Britain debut at the European Junior Championship in Holland.

The 16-year-old, who now swims for Plymouth Leander, qualified for two finals and achieved personal best times in every event he competed in.

Hulme was the shining star of Leek ASC before making the decision to enrol at Plymouth College in his determination to take his swimming career to a higher level.

He earned his spot in the 23-strong GB team by impressing at April's British Swimming Championships in Glasgow, where he claimed silver medals in the 100m and 200m backstroke events and 200m individual medley.

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Hulme recorded sixth-placed finishes in Dordrecht in both the 100m and 200m backstroke events.

His time of 55.62 in the 100m final puts him second in the all-time rankings for his age group, while he clocked another personal best of 2:01.29 in the 200m, which was won by his team mate Luke Greenbank. Hulme, who was part of the 4x100m medley relay team which failed to make the final, recorded a time of 26.47 in the 50m backstroke.

Great Britain finished third overall in the medal table, in between Germany and Russia.

Leek ASC coach Geoff Sommerfield has not been surprised by Hulme's elevation to the Great Britain junior squad since joining the Plymouth club last autumn. He said: "I could spot Joe had potential to do well soon after he joined the Leek club as a nine--year-old. It's a fantastic achievement for a small club like ours for him to be swimming for his country.

"He's now with one of the most successful clubs in the country but he is not cutting his ties with Leek."

Leander have produced many swimming stars over the years, including all-time great Sharron Davies and more recently Olympic diving medallist Tom Daley.

Davies represented Leander when she broke into the British team aged only 11.

At the age of 15, she won Commonwealth gold medals in the 200m and 400m at Edmonton, Canada in 1978.

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