Exeter School welcomes Paralympian swimming coach

David Hill, a four-time Paralympian, has been drafted to add technical expertise and competitive edge to the school’s swimming squads

An independent school in Devon will hope to make a splash after appointing a former Paralympian to coach its competitive swimming squads.

David Hill joins Exeter School having represented the British team at four Paralympic Games, firstly as a swimmer and latterly in the triathlon.

“This will really help fine tune the team for a more competitive edge as we return to full training and a full calendar of events,” said the school’s head of aquatics, Gary Robb.

Although Hill has been drafted to focus on sprint work and such technical aspects as starts, turns and relay skills, the former British swimming champion will also be able to offer a wealth of experience and advice on just what it takes to succeed in sport.

Born without a left forearm, Hill was aged just 15 when he made his Paralympic debut in Athens in 2004 as the youngest member of the Team GB squad.

He went on to compete as a Paralympian swimmer at the 2008 and 2012 games, as well as taking medals at both the World and European Championships, before switching to triathlon in 2013 and finishing in the top 10 at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro three years later.

“After 12 years of international swimming I was seeking a new challenge,” he explained.

Since retiring from competitive sport in 2016, Hill has worked on a number of projects – including the Youth Sport Trust, Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and Sports for Schools – underlining his commitment to helping inspire the next generation make the most of their talents. Now, that same drive will be enjoyed by pupils at Exeter.

“I’m really passionate to provide world class coaching to local young people to support their aspirations and strive to their full potential, an ethos I know Exeter School share,” said Hill on his appointment.

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