Here is Jacob to give you some more information about himself!
I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and tell you a little bit more about me and what I do.
My name is Jacob Thomas Taylor Peters but am more commonly known as J, JP, Peters or just Jacob. I am 19 years old, born on the 20th of August 2000. I still live with my parents, but I plan to move out next year after the 2020 Olympics (fingers crossed that I will be a part of), so I can grow as both an athlete and an individual.
It all started when I was 8 years old when my year 4 science teacher recommended, I should join a swimming club after being talent spotted at a school’s gala. I’m glad I took the advice. It was then that I joined Poole Swimming Club which has been my home forever since.
When I was around 13/14, I started to realise how good I actually was and if I worked hard how good I could become. This was down to achieving my first National age group medals. These were for the 50, 100 and 200 butterfly events.
I soon discovered that I swam well in the butterfly. However, when I won medals at nationals swimming the backstroke it was then that I discovered that the backstroke would be my main stroke.
Building Up to Breakthrough
My breakthrough year was 2017. I had finally made it into international swimming when I qualified for the World Juniors in Indianapolis in August of that year. At the World Juniors I made the finals for all three distances in the butterfly events.
Later that year in December I qualified for the Commonwealth Games in Australia 2018. This was a huge achievement. I was always aware this was something that I could achieve but I never envisaged myself making the team. I was absolutely overwhelmed with excitement… as well as nerves.
One of my best experiences was definitely the Commonwealth Games. It was such a good experience in my swimming career that I decided to get a tattoo to commemorate it (the tattoos didn’t stop there either.) This was my first taste of senior international competitions where I was racing the likes of Ben Proud and Chad Le Clos in the butterfly events. I stood up to this challenge and gave it my all, leading me to make all three finals in the butterfly events.
I achieved a silver medal for swimming in the heats for the 4x100 medley team for England. On top of that one of my most memorable swims during the Commonwealth Games had qualified me for both the European Juniors and the European Games later that year. It was in those games that I picked up a gold, this time for swimming in the 4x100 medley relay heat.
What comes next?
I have partnered up with ProSwimwear to hopefully encourage more people to get involved in swimming and to inspire others who are already involved to keep trying. I hope everyone gets to experience the amazing side to swimming that I have. I hope to be in this incredible side of swimming for the rest of my career.
Stay tuned for the 2020 Olympics and hopefully you will see my name come up on the big screen!
Maybe you will even be there sometime soon?
Thanks so much to Jacob for that great introduction. We are so excited to have you on board as an ambassador and we cannot wait to see what you do next!
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