Former EDC Student Aiming for London 2012

An ex-East Durham College student is making massive sacrifices to follow his dream of competing at London 2012.

Ian Hulme, age 26 from Easington Village, will be travelling to America to join one of the State’s leading University swimming teams to prepare for the British Olympic trials in 2012.

In January Ian will spend a week at each of Michigan, Arizona and North Carolina Universities, working with some of the best sprint-swimming coaches in the world, before deciding which team to join. He will then live over there training and competing full time.

Ian studied for his A-Levels at East Durham College back in 2001-02 and then went on to study at Loughborough University, getting a 2.1 in BSc Physics & Sports Science. It was here that Ian’s swimming took on elite status, when in his last year at university he won the ASA National Championships in butterfly.

So rather than heading for a well paid graduate job he chose to follow his dream of competing at the Olympics.

Ian was invited to join the British Swimming Performance Centre in Swansea. He then narrowly missed out on a place in the GB team for Beijing, finishing fourth at the Olympic trials, missing the Olympic qualifying time by just 0.06 of a second.

In 2009 Ian did qualify for the GB team that went to the World Championships, in Rome, where he swam a personal best but missed out on the butterfly final.

Ian has never received any funding to follow his dream and has had to take out loans and get support from his parents.

Ian said: “It has been hard financially, I do some part time coaching to get some extra money in. My parents have also been unbelievably supportive and generous to help me out too.

“Some people think I’m making a mistake going to the States, but I think you have to train with the best to be the best.”

Ian is currently back in the region, before he flies off to the States, training at the Sunderland Aquatic Centre and East Durham College’s Impact Fitness gym facility.

Ian will be back over from the States in February when he will represent Team GB against Germany at a Duel Meet in Essen, Germany.