Jack’s the pride of Preston

In action: Jack Bridge
In action: Jack Bridge
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Swimmer Jack Bridge has once again been nominated in the Performance of the Year category at this year’s MWR Preston Sports Awards.

Bridge, 18, has been swimming for a number of years and was classified as a disabled swimmer in 2009.

Since then the Preston youngster has achieved great things and shown the potential to go even further.

His success is in no small part due to the support of a number of organisations – Preston Swimming Club and its chairman Pete Mason in particular.

Bridge, who has been swimming since the age of four, currently holds these British records in his disability category: 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke, 400m individual medley and 4x100m medley relay.

Hutton Grammar School student Bridge’s first award at the Preston Sports Awards in 2010 was Disability Athlete of the Year.

He was quite overwhelmed with the decision of the PSA committee and the trophy holds pride of place in his home.

To win an award for a second year running in 2011 – this time Performance of the Year – following on from his triumph winning a bronze medal in the IPC Swimming European Championships in Berlin – again was a great achievement.

Adele Bridge, Jack’s mother, said: “Only those who have shared the experience will ever know a parent’s pride as they watch their son compete for their country in the home Paralympics – London was, as the Americans so wonderfully put it – awesome!

“Jack’s success brought tears of joy and pride and a life experience to an 18-year-old that will be hard to match for the rest of his life.

“When Jack was pronounced fourth in the world in his chosen event, 100m breast stroke (SB9), the family began celebrations that will take a long time to 

“We were so proud that a young man from Preston could compete with the best that the rest of the world could send to London.

“His city should be so proud of him – Jack is a very proud Prestonian.”

She added: “On behalf of Jack and all the family, I would just like to thank everyone at the Preston Sports Awards and Preston Sports Forum for all their support over the past four years and hope that special relationship will continue for a long time to come – Roll on Rio!”

Bridge’s disability is the blood disorder, haemophilia, and this classifies him for disability swimming due to restricted movement in his joints. His disability class is fixed flexion from haemophilia.

The eighth annual MWR Preston Sports Awards take place on Friday, March 8, at Preston Guild Hall.

More details and ticket information can be found at http://www.preston.gov.uk/yourservices/sport-and-leisure-centres/other-sport-and-leisure/mwr-preston-sports-awards-2013/.