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Talented Joe's set to make a splash as he gets invite to national camp

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 10, 2014

Joe Hulme is on his way to the British Swimming National Event Camp in Bristol.

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LEEK swimmer Joe Hulme's talent for backstroke has led to him being invited to attend the British Swimming National Event Camp in Bristol in September.

But before then, he will be competing at the national championships at Sheffield this month.

There, he will meet up with an old team mate from Leek ASC, 15-year-old Emily Osborne, who has been selected to race in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay.

In addition, Leek are also sending a group of gifted young swimmers who have qualified to the Welsh National Swimming Championships.

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As well as the already-mentioned Emily Osborne, the group on its way to Wales consists of Emma Ashley, Oliver Barlow, Eleanor Cartlidge, brother and sister Abbie and Jensen Hulbert, Callum Rushan, Eden Schiller and Alesia Sollaku.

Seventeen-year-old Hulme, who is now swimming for Plymouth Leander, enjoyed huge success at the recent European Junior Championships in Holland.

Hulme was selected to represent Team GB in the Netherlands following some impressive results at the British Championships at Glasgow, in March.

He progressed to the finals and achieved personal best times.

Hulme recorded sixth-placed finishes in both the 100m and 200m backstroke events in the 17/18 year old category.

He missed the British age group record by just 0.01 seconds in the final of the 100m backstroke, posting a time of 55.62, leaving him second in the all-time rankings for his age.

Hulme clocked another personal best of 2.01.29 in the 200m backstroke, which was won by team-mate Luke Greenbank, ranking the duo first and second in Europe for their year of birth.

Hulme also posted a personal best in the 50m backstroke, going straight through to the semi-final.

However, he chose not to progress further and pulled out of the event in favour of the 200m backstroke final, which took place the same evening.

Despite this, his personal best time of 26.47 leaves Hulme third in the all-time rankings for his age.

All three personal best times have now been ratified as the new Staffordshire age group records.

Hulme left home last September to study at Plymouth College and join the prestigious Plymouth Leander swimming club to intensify his training.

A Leek club spokesman said: "Although Joe has gone from strength to strength at Plymouth, credit must go to his home club who taught him the skills."

Anyone who would like to join Leek ASC can contact coach Geoff Summerfield on 01782 399415 to arrange a free trial.

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