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William Bell

Sport:
Swimming
Level:
GO GOLD Athlete
NGB:
British Swimming
District:
Charnwood
School:
Rawlins Academy, Quorn
Achievements from Application:
  • British national champion in 4 events at British Summer Champs
  • 6 golds at Scottish National Age Group Championships

This athlete also receives free leisure facility access from: Charnwood Borough Council & Fusion Lifestyle

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William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

Swim England Swimming National Pathway Programme

Delighted that I have been selected to attend Phase 2 of this development programme for the 3rd year running. This camp is designed to support young swimmers like myself, in their ambition to achieve senior international podium success, enhancing their swimming specific knowledge. We will have pool time, dry land training and practical workshops, lots to look forward to.

26th Oct, 2017

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

National Inter County Champs, Sheffield

Couldn't have been happier than to race for Leicestershire yesterday at Ponds Forge, to help the team stay in Division 1 and achieve a fantastic 8th place overall, a massive improvement on 15th last year. I really enjoyed my 100 breast, taking a second off my short course best time and breaking my own County record. Not raced back for a long time, but managed to improve my 100 back by 3 seconds, going under a minute for the first time. The boys medley relay and the Canon were fast and exciting. Great team spirit, fast racing by all.

9th Oct, 2017

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

Thank you for your support Go Gold

Thank you Go Gold for the second instalment of my grant. I have some racing to do soon at the City of Leicester Open and the British Winter Nationals. The fund will go a long way towards my entry fees. This Sunday, I am racing for Leicestershire at the Inter County Champs in Sheffield. Am hoping to race some new short course PB's but it's still early in the season.

5th Oct, 2017

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

Exciting news

Re: Top 100 rankings 2017 long course swims (as of 18 September 2017) of swimmers from all federations born after Jan 1999. Proud to say that I have broken into the top 100 world wide, for my 1500 free, raced at EYOF Gyor in the summer.

20th Sep, 2017

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

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National School Games Finals 2017

Really enjoyed racing last weekend for Central England. The atmosphere was fantastic in the pool and I was delighted with my gold in the 1500 free. My turns have improved and I was so pleased with the way I paced the race as it was tough so early in the season, which began last week! Am learning all the time and enjoying the 1500 more and more. Also a gold in the Boys 4x200 free relay. Very exciting race!

5th Sep, 2017

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

National County Team Championships

So pleased to have been chosen to swim for Leicestershire at the Inter-County Champs at Ponds Forge, Sheffield on October 8th. The event is short course and early in the new season, but it is really exciting and the atmosphere is fantastic. Looking forward to my races as always.

http://www.swimming.org/sport/about-the-national-county-team-championships/

22nd Aug, 2017

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

Beacon Programme

Many thanks to all at the Beacon Programme for an offer of a place for the second season running. It was really interesting to be part of this long course programme last season and the information from the athlete workshops really helped.

12th Aug, 2017

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

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EYOF Gyor Hungary 2017

What an honor to represent Team GB in the pool. I had a long time to wait as my races were on the last 2 days, which was a physical/mental challenge. Also I was in the youngest age group band. In the 400IM I raced a 4 sec PB, breaking my County Record, moving my position on all time British rankings from 16th to 7th fastest 15 boy. Next day was my 1500 free where I raced a 6 sec PB, breaking my County and East Midlands Records, moving my position on all time British rankings from 5th to 3rd.

6th Aug, 2017

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

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Team GB meet at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre

What a day! So proud to be chosen as a member of Team GB, multi sport but 1 team going to Gyor, Hungary. The team met for the first time on 21 July to be fitted with our kit. Very smart. We flew to Hungary on the 22nd for the opening ceremony on the 23rd. Competition starts 24th. My swims are at the end of the week. Looking forward to racing.

25th Jul, 2017

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

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European Youth Olympic Festival - Gyor, Hungary

I am proud to share the news that I have been selected by the British Olympic Association and British Swimming to represent Great Britain in the pool at EYOF, Gyor July 2017. I cannot wait to be part of the multi sport Team GB travelling out on the 22nd, competing from 23-29th. What an exciting week it will be meeting fellow Team GB athletes and racing at such a massive event.

https://www.britishswimming.org/news/latest-swimming-news/future-stars-selected-gyor-2017/

27th Jun, 2017

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

British Summer Nationals - July 2017

After a tricky start to the long course season I decided to change my goals with regaining my fitness being the priority. I also decided to target my best events for the Nationals and train hard for them in July. I am very pleased to report that I raced successful qualifying times in the window for every one of the 8 events I targeted, with no1 position on the rankings for 3 events and no2 for 2 in my age group.

6th Jun, 2017

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

Training in Northern Ireland

Thank you so much to Ards Swimming Club for allowing me to join in their training sessions whilst I am over here visiting family. How lucky are you to have the 50m pool in Bangor on your doorstep? Everyone made me very welcome and I enjoyed the sets. Good luck to all their swimmers and hope to meet again soon.

3rd Jun, 2017

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

East Midlands Long Course Champs 2017

Good weekend racing in Sheffield. 6 individual events entered, 6 finals, 6 golds! 5 PB's and a seasons best. Racing faster in the heats which is progression. 4 county records and 2 Senior Champion titles. Pleased with my results as training is going really well. Fantastic to swim with my COLSC team in 3 relay events, 1 gold, 2 silver. Exciting times. Swam a PB in my leg of 4x100 free and a PB in my breast leg of 4x100 medley. Training in Northern Ireland later this week.

29th May, 2017

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

School Games 2017

Great news! I have been selected to represent Central England in the pool at the School Games 2017. The games are once again hosted by Loughborough University, as in 2016. It was a fantastic experience last year and I am really looking forward to racing with the team again.

4th May, 2017

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

British Trials 2017

What a week sharing the pool with the top athletes in British Swimming. A true inspiration. Really happy with my swims at this point in the LC season. PB in the 400 free and 200IM. Just over PB but my fastest ever heat swim time in the 200 breast and an amazing 1500 free. Took a massive 18 seconds off my PB, swimming a 15.59, 34 seconds faster than in March at ESSA's! Couldn't be happier to have some solid times posted in the qualifying window for British Summer Champs.

23rd Apr, 2017

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

Chairman's Trophy

Thank you Go Gold for a fantastic evening and for your continued support. I am honored to have been awarded the Chairman's Trophy for most improved sporting performance, this evening. I had a great season 2015/2016 and will work hard to make sure I continue to improve this 2016/2017 season. Once again, it was so interesting to hear stories from the other athletes awarded this evening and of course to meet them. Really enjoyed listening to Sam Ruddock speak about his change of sport and continued success.

6th Apr, 2017

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

City of Sheffield SC Premier Open Meet 2017

Had a great weekend at Ponds Forge racing with my COLSC team mates for the second time in the qualifying window for British Summer Champs. Raced 2 new personal best times in the 200 and 400IM, breaking my own County records in both these events. Raced another qualifying time for the British Champs 2017 in 2 weeks time bringing my total to 5. Pleased with this as this is the first year I have been old enough to race at this prestigious meet.

30th Mar, 2017

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

Good to be racing again

Have spent the weekend racing for East Midlands at the English Schools Inter-divisional Championships at the Liverpool Aquatics Centre. Very pleased with my first races back from injury. Came home as Inter Boys Champion 200 breast (just off my PB). Won bronze in the Men's Open 1500 free and silver in the Inter Boys 200 IM, with a new PB and a new lc Leicestershire County record. Looking forward to racing again at the Sheffield Premier meet in 2 weeks.

13th Mar, 2017

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

Training going well

Have been back in the water now for nearly 3 weeks just doing the evening sessions, slowly building my strength up. I feel that everything is going well and so I will start full time training as from Monday. My first meet since my surgery will be at the beginning of March in Liverpool. I am really looking forward to racing again.

4th Feb, 2017

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

Back to Training

Firstly, thank you GO GOLD for funding me for another year. I am very excited about being back in the pool on Monday, starting my training for the long course season. I will have to take it easy for the first couple of weeks to make sure I avoid injury but am looking forward to being back to full fitness in a couple of months.

13th Jan, 2017

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

An unexpected turn of events!

December has not turned out how I imagined to say the least. On Friday 9 December I was admitted to the LRI with severe abdominal pain. Extensive tests resulted in surgery which has meant that I will be out of the water for 4-5 weeks. I am disappointed to miss the SC Nationals and my England Talent camp after training hard. But short term loss, long term gain. Recuperating over Christmas and reassessing my goals for the season. Looking forward to getting back to fitness, back in the pool early 2017.

19th Dec, 2016

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

January Meet. Amiens France

I have just received the exciting news that I have been selected to represent ASA East Midland Region at the 8 ème Trophee National Des Hortillons 2017, Amiens. Can't wait to race in France in January and the team travel out on my birthday!

7th Dec, 2016

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

COLSC November Short Course Open Meet 2016

Really enjoyed my long weekend of racing. 10 events entered, 6 new PB's and showing technical improvement. Really pleased with my backstroke time as have been working hard on this. My times improved from heats to finals in all events which is what I wanted. Came away as 13/14 yr boys Champion in 9 events and 1 silver. Got a new Junior County record in the 200IM and my time is also an East Midlands Regional record. Loved racing against the senior boys in the finals!

22nd Nov, 2016

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

Midlands Short Course Champs 2016

Solid swims. 6 events entered, 5 PB's and underwater work improving. Made 3 senior finals and gained medals in 2. Got Leicestershire Junior County records in 400IM and 400free heats and broke both times again in the finals. I am Midlands Junior Champion (sc) 400free and my time puts me at the top of all time British rankings (14 yr boys) for this event. Lots of work to do but a good weekend of racing.

8th Nov, 2016

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

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National Inter Counties

Had a great day at Ponds Forge on Sunday racing short course with the Leicestershire team. Really pleased with my 2 events. Knocked 2 secs off 100 free and 5 secs off 100 breast, earning a new Leicestershire Junior County record (record stood since 1999.) My underwater work is really coming on, which is good as I have been really practicing hard in training.

25th Oct, 2016

Partners

  • Loughborough University
    British Heart Foundation
    Leicestershire County Council
    Rutland County Council
    Blaby District Council
  • Leicester City Council
    Charnwood Borough Council
    Melton Borough Council
    North West Leicestershire District Council
    Equality Standard
  • County Sport Network
    QUEST
    Age UK L&R
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    East Midlands Platform
  • Safeguarding
    Sport England
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Harborough District Council

Partners

  • Sport England
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • Blaby District Council
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
  • Harborough District Council
    QUEST
  • Age UK L&R
    East Midlands Platform
  • Equality Standard
    Leicester City Council
  • County Sport Network
    Melton Borough Council
  • Loughborough University
    Charnwood Borough Council
  • British Heart Foundation
    Rutland County Council
  • Safeguarding
    Leicestershire County Council
  • North West Leicestershire District Council