Luke O'Dowd has been offered a place on the BPSA Squad

Athletes selected for the BPSA Squad are seen as potentially possessing the skills and ability to progress onto the British Para-Swimming World Class Podium Potential (WCPP) Programme.

Luke was identified for the 2019/20 BPSA Squad based on his performances during the 2018/19 season particularly at the British Para-Swimming International Meet in Glasgow in April 2019.

The BPSA Squad is the entry level to the British Para-Swimming World Class Programmes, the squad facilitates the transition and confirmation period from the Home Nation talent programmes into the World Class Programme.

The BPSA Squad will provide Luke with additional support to what he is already receiving through his home nation Swim England National Youth Programme, which he also progressed on to this year.

He will expected to set personal process goals with his home coach, Ian Hooper, and then execute these at various ‘Process or Training’ Meets.  These all in preparation for the big performance meets throughout the season. 

“He has identified the personal goals he wants to work towards, if not exceed, during this season. Luke is aware that for him to reach the heights he wants, he will need to be dedicated to training and developing at every opportunity along the way. Luke swims to a high standard whether in the training pool or representing the club in team events. His dedication to wanting to succeed is underlined by his selection and attendance at talent programmes and stroke workshops, both of which have resulted in improved times at the recent South East Autumn Para Swimming Meet.  Luke also continues to train regularly with Tornadoes and is currently part of this year’s Arena League Team”. (Ian Hooper - Lead Coach). 

Luke’s family and the Tornadoes are so proud of him. He could just have sat back and felt sorry for himself, instead he has worked so hard and is so motivated. He is truly an example to us all.

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