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DT1: Dorchester lad picked for under-14s GB waterpolo team
12:14pm Wednesday 26th February 2014 in News
A DORCHESTER teen is hearing the splash of success after being recognised for his waterpolo talent.
Harry Wheeler has been selected to be part of the Under 14s Great Britain Talent Squad.
The 13-year-old is one of 30 young players who will take part in Waterpolo Talent Training Camps.
It’s part of the long-term preparation for the European Championships in 2017.
But Harry’s ambition doesn’t stop there – he is hoping to represent the country at the 2020 Olympics.
Over the next few months, the Thomas Hardye Student will travel to Cardiff at weekends where he will have to complete a number of exercises – such as land training exercises, drill techniques and swim times, passing and shooting – designed to hone his skills.
The camps will be led by the GB team coaches and a former player and Harry will be scored against his peers from right across the country.
But Harry won’t let his usual training slip, and will still be continuing his swim training at Dorchester Sports Centre with the West Dorset Warriors as well as his weekly training session for his second club, Exeter Waterpolo.
Mum Tanya said: “We are all really pleased he has got himself in this position through the hard work he has done.
“We don’t have a lot of coaching experience at our club, so he’s managed to get himself in a position where he’s been able to go to other clubs to develop his skills.
“He’s put in a lot of effort, a lot of hard work.
“He did a lot of training through the summer. We are really proud of him.
“His goal is the 2020 Olympics. That might be pie in the sky, but you’ve got to have a goal.
“He was recently the youngest player in the Under 15 South West team that won Bronze at the Inter Regional Championships. The next big one is the 2017 championships, so hopefully he will be successful.”
Tanya would like to hear from any local businesses interested in sponsoring Harry.
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