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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, Businessperson
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]

General Interest

Hobbies
Supporting English football club Chelsea FC. (Twitter profile, 24 May 2019)
Injuries
He sustained a leg injury in late 2018. (swimswam.com, 18 Feb 2019)

He sustained 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 Swim England's Open Water Swimmer of the Year in 2018. (swimming.org, 10 Nov 2018)

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)
Other information
BUSINESSMAN
He has a series of business ventures outside of the swimming pool including a swimming kit supply business. "I started that pre-Rio [2016 Olympic Games] which is quite good, but I just couldn't sustain the time and energy doing that and training at the same time. I've got a couple of other ventures that are coming to fruition now, including an online training platform called Elevate which I'm quite excited about, I'm also working quite closely in the commercial side of football and that's something that I'd like to pursue post swimming career. There's all sorts of stuff going on outside of swimming which I need to keep me ticking over in the pool, I'd go stir crazy otherwise." (fina.org, 22 Jul 2019)