Luke Set to Compete in the Deaflympics
Swimmer Luke Nisted will be representing our country in the 44th Deaflympics in just over a month in Bulgaria.
The 17-year-old from Huyton started swimming at the age of five and now trains with Halton Swim Club and Team GB.
Luke has won medals in the DSE Junior and Youth Swim Championships, the British International Disability Swimming Championships, the DSE North West finals and British National Deaf Swimming Championships over the years.
Last year he was also named Knowsley Disability Sports Personality of Year and voted Sportsman of the Year at the Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School Sports Awards.
Luke has increased his training schedule in and outside the pool in preparation for this summer's Deaflympics and has been working closely with a fellow sixth form student on his strength and conditioning.
Sean Barnes is working towards an NVQ level 3 Personal Training at Cardinal Heenan and has been recognised by the PE staff there as a top performer. He has worked with Luke over a number of months and the results speak for themselves, Luke achieved an incredible six personal best times in the British International Disability Swimming Championships in Sheffield last month.
Luke said: "Without Sean's dedication and commitment in planning specific sessions I would not of achieved those results," while Sean said: "Luke has not allowed a hearing disability to stop him from achieving huge sporting success."
The Deaflympics will take place from 26 July - 4 August in Sofia and everyone at Cardinal Heenan will be certainly be backing Luke!
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