Star pupil Robert Hamer is used to making a splash.
He holds the British Under 14 200m Butterfly title , winning with a time of 2 min 9.5 sec.
The Hutton Grammar School pupil trains seven times a week, getting up at four am so he can get two hours training in before school and also swims with his club after school and at weekends.
Robert, now 15, said: “I started swimming when I was quite young. After a holiday about eight years ago I joined a swimming club, Leyland Barracudas, then moved to Blackburn Centurions and when that folded I joined Preston Swimming Club and I’m still there.
“I really enjoyed doing butterfly and started going through the various levels, doing medals and competitions at regional, then national level.”
He nearly pulled the plug on his career in the pool after his mum died.
The teen said: “My mum was the one who took me everywhere. She had cancer but took me round all the competitions.
She was a big influence and after she died I nearly gave up.”
But, his grandma Joyce stepped into the breach and he soon got back up to speed - sweeping the board with the English title as top prize last season.
Robert said: “ Everyone has been so supportive and kept me going.
“After my mum died I really wanted to give up but i’ve been on a massive journey and I suppose I’ve won this title for her really. that’s what has driven me on.”
He is now busy for the next championships, adding: “ I’m in the next age group now which means I’ll be up against people older than me so that should be quite challenging.”