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Jack
Burnell
Great BritainGreat Britain, GBR
Open water

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
13 June 1993
Residence
Loughborough, ENG
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Business Management - University of Derby: England

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age three. He switched from the pool to open water swimming for the 2013 season.
Why this sport?
"My dad got me into swimming. I was originally a 1500m pool swimmer and, if I'm honest, it bored me a bit. Eight lanes, eight people against you, same temperature water, you turn up and you're indoors all day. It wasn't my cup of tea. Being introduced to open water swimming through the talent ID programme really opened my eyes to the tactics and a completely different dimension to the sport of swimming which I'd not experienced in the pool."
Club / Team
NC Loughborough: England
Name of coach
Bernie Dietzig [national]
Training Regime
He swims up to 80km per week in training.

General Interest

Hobbies
Supporting English football team Chelsea FC. (Twitter profile, 20 May 2018)
Injuries
He suffered from two broken ribs and a series of illnesses during the 2017/18 season. (bbc.co.uk, 16 Sep 2018; outdoorswimmer.com, 07 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Without hard work and dedication, dreams stay dreams and never become reality." (jackburnell.co.uk, 06 Feb 2013)
Awards and honours
He was named England's Amateur Swimming Association [ASA] 2015 and 2016 Open Water Performance Athlete of the Year. (swimswam.com, 16 Nov 2015; swimming.org, 02 Dec 2016)
Other sports
He has competed in pool swimming at junior level in England. (zwemza.com, 10 Jul 2017; bleacherreport.com, 03 Aug 2016)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (bbc.co.uk, 17 Jul 2017)