Contribution by Paul Smith, Sportsbeat
LONDON, England, May 22. SUTTON Coldfield swimmer Bradley Lynch believes he is capable of hitting peak form in time for Rio 2016. The 17-year-old City of Birmingham Swimming Club member made his Great Britain debut in last year's Open Water World Cup in Israel, winning a silver medal, before claiming a Nationals title in the 200m.
His ability in varying disciplines has marked him out as a potential future Olympic star, and Lynch has been rewarded by being named on on the Lloyds TSB Local Heroes scheme.
As part of that, the former Boldmere Swimming Club member will receive a cash injection of 1,000 pounds towards training and competing. And Lynch fully intends to put it to good use with the next Olympic Games firmly in focus.
"In about two years I am going to be right on the tails of all the seniors and certainly when Rio hits in 2016 I am going to be primed for the trials," he said.
"I think the main peak for me is going to be when I am about 19 years old - 2015 is when I think I will swim my fastest.
"I am training harder than I ever have before, and I'm going times I didn't think I'd be going last year so I am looking forward to the future and what is to come."
Lloyds TSB Local Heroes, in partnership with SportsAid, has supported 1,000 of Britain's most talented developing athletes. As part of Lloyds TSB's commitment to helping future sports stars prosper, the programme will continue in 2013. Follow future stars at facebook.com/lloydstsblocalheroes