Swimmer to compete in London 2012 OlympicsBy Laura Herbert
March 19, 2012
A member of Bracknell and Wokingham Swimming Club has secured his place in the 2012 Olympic team after being crowned British champion in the 200m breaststroke.
Andrew Willis, 21, qualified as the fastest swimmer in the world this year, more than two seconds under the Olympic qualifying standard, on March 7.
Andrew timed his swim perfectly, with his team mate Michael Jamieson leading to the 150m mark, before Andrew powered down the last 50m to win in an English record of 2:09.33.
Andrew said: “It really hasn’t sunk in yet, I was up there at the last turn so just gave it all I had, I put everything into that race, I just can’t believe it.”
He added: “The 100m breaststroke was frustrating with a personal best in the heat and going slower in the semi and final, so I just wanted to concentrate on the 200m.”
Andrew, who has been a member of Bracknell and Wokingham Swimming Club since 2005, went to school in Yateley and sixth form college in Farnborough and has taken a gap year to concentrate on the Olympic trials while studying for a degree in chemical engineering.
Nigel Willis, Andrew’s dad and chief coach at Bracknell and Wokingham Swimming Club, said: “We are so proud of Andrew’s achievement, the years of training and dedication has paid off.
“We also had two other swimmers at this year’s championships, Kathryn Willis and Stephen King, who both swam very well, we are delighted to have three exceptional swimmers represent the club.”