Ones to Watch


Jacob Whittle – Tupton Hall School

School: Tupton Hall School
Name: Jacob Whittle
Age: 12
Year group: 7
Area of excellence: Swimming

12-year-old Jacob Whittle already has his sights set on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Jacob is one of the star swimmers in the Derventio eXcel Swim Squad, the elite swimming squad for Derbyshire. He is ranked number one nationally in his age group for the 200m individual medley, 400m individual medley, 400m freestyle and 1500m freestyle.

Before Tokyo 2020 however, Jacob first needs to prove himself at the British Summer Championships which he is working hard to qualify for. To be selected, he will need to rank in the top 20 boys in the 13-14 age group in Great Britain.

Jacob’s mum Leanne said:-

“Jacob loves to swim, his passion, determination and focus mean that to him all the endless hours of training he does are a pleasure. Every morning when his alarm clock goes off at 4.15am he literally bounds out of bed. We couldn’t be prouder of the young man he is growing up to be!”

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