Team GB Paralympic Athlete: Jack Bridge
Jack Bridge is 18 years old and a member of Team GB at the London 2012 Paralympics. He competes in the 200m Individal Medley.
Read Jack’s interview with Variety to find out more about this fantastic young swimmer!
Who / what inspired you to take on your sport?
My sister – she was in the water before me and so I wanted to carry on after her.
When did you realise your disability was not a barrier?
I’ve never seen my impairments as a barrier. The disability I have gives me the ability to compete at this level and I wouldn’t be the person I am without them.
What keeps you motivated?
The thought of getting quicker, and recently, the thought of the noise as soon as I walk out at the Aquatic Centre. I want to give the British public a show!
How has sport made a difference to your life?
It is my life. Everything revolves around my swimming, but those are the sacrifices you make as an elite athlete.
What would you say to inspire oher young people who face barriers to take on sport?
If you believe in your ability, then you can achieve what you want. In short – BeliveAchieve!
What are your long-term aspirations?
I just want to be the best I can be, and hopefully that will take me to a world record and the top of the podium!
How you would describe ‘success’?
Continual improvement. If I keep improving, then I am doing something right!
Good luck to Jack and the rest of the Team GB swimming squad – we will be cheering you all on!