My name is Will Graham, I am 18 years old from Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. At the moment, I swim competitively at regional and national level galas including swimming as part of the Leicestershire and East Midlands Team. Even since I was young I have always swum at county level but from around 2014 and onward I have been working very hard to get my swimming career as high as I possibly can.
Since my first national qualification in 2015, I achieved gold at the English Summer Nationals 2015 in 50 butterfly. The following year, I won 3 golds and 3 silvers in the 2016 regional championships, 2 medals at the English Summer Nationals 2016 as well as finishing 8th in the final of the 100 Butterfly at the British Nationals whilst qualifying for 4 other events at the meet. In 2017 I qualified in multiple events in both the British Nationals and the English Nationals even though I went through surgery at the start of the competition season and had my all-important GCSE exams during this qualification period. This meant that I had to miss many training sessions which made it a lot harder to qualify. 2018 was one of my best years overall and I won another National gold medal in the 50 butterfly and was ranked top 10 in Britain for my age.
This is a big year for me as I have my A-levels just around the corner and I am finding it hard to balance them with swimming as well. I have already competed in the Edinburgh international meet and am looking forward to competing at the British Champs in Glasgow. Qualifying for summer nationals will be difficult as I am now in the open age group and my A levels will take up a lot of my time before that point. This year I am travelling a lot further for galas so this funding will help massively in facilitating the cost of travel and accommodation throughout the year. Thank you very much for the support Inspire!
Simon Taylor - Inspire Lead said: "Swimming is a gruelling sport and Williams ability to dedicate time to both his swimming and studies is a commitment that is an inspiration to other young people."
East Midlands Championships 2019 Sprints
Posted: 13th May, 2019
I swam 2 events the 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly where I was looking for medals in both. Both swims were great and made the final for both in PB times and came away with a silver and bronze medal in... Read More »
British Championships 2019 in Glasgow
Posted: 22nd Apr, 2019
I was in Scotland for 4 days and swam the 100 fly on the Friday and 50 fly on Sunday. The atmosphere and competition was so amazing and I felt so good that I can represent Melton as a club, in with all... Read More »
Derventio Excel Open Meet
Posted: 14th Apr, 2019
I only swam on Sunday afternoon in the 100 free and the 100 fly and did pbs in both events. The 100 free was first and it was the first time that I went 53. long course. It was a big shock as I have been... Read More »
Edinburgh International Meet
Posted: 14th Apr, 2019
I qualified for 3 events the 50m and 100m fly and 50m free and swam over 3 days. I swam amazingly in all my races and was about on PBs from nationals last year and was surprised to get so close to those... Read More »
Melton Mowbray Junior Sportsman of the Year
Posted: 1st Mar, 2019
I recently attended the Melton Mowbray Sports Awards as I had been nominated for Junior Sportsman of the year for 2018. I had made it through the shortlist to be able to attend the night in the top 3 and... Read More »
Posted: 15th Feb, 2019
The last two weekends of counties were mostly successful as I came away with 3 medals, one being a gold in the 200 freestyle. In all my races I feel confident saying my skills are alot better in the stroke... Read More »
Posted: 20th Jan, 2019
I have recently competed in the first two weekends of the Leicestershire age groups and swam a few great times for this stage in the season. Training has began fully again and we are working hard towards... Read More »
A Small Setback
Posted: 14th Oct, 2018
Over the past year or so I have struggled with lower back pain and I have finally decided to sort it out. Sadly I have had to miss about 3 weeks of training, pulled out of multiple galas and had to do... Read More »
Posted: 7th Aug, 2018
This year of swimming has been amazing for me and ended on a high note when winning Gold in the 50 fly at English Nationals. The support from Inspire has been great and really helped me achieve what I... Read More »