Paddy Swan relishes GB U20 discus call up

Truro and Penwith College student describes the “amazing” feeling at being called up to represent the Great Britain & Northern Ireland Under 20 team.

Truro and Penwith College student, Paddy Swan, has described the “amazing” feeling at being called up to represent the Great Britain & Northern Ireland Under 20 team at the Loughborough International Athletics (LIA) Match.

Swan, who is studying a BTEC Extended Diploma in Sports Performance & Excellence at the College, threw the discus as part of the 51-strong GB team competing on Sunday 22 May at the Paula Radcliffe Stadium.

 “It felt amazing and I couldn’t believe it, I thought it was unreal. But once I got the official slip I was buzzing,” said Swan.

“The best thing about the Loughborough trip was being around professional throwers Brett Morse and Zane Duquemin, seeing how they were competing.”

Eighteen-year-old Swan is now turning his attention to reaching his “main goal” for the year, which is qualifying for the discus event at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Poland.

Swan is currently reaching just below mid-50 metres with the discus and will need a distance of around 58 metres to qualify, but he is confident he can work on his power and timing to make the cut.

“The College has been amazing and has kept me on track with my studies while making me realise what a professional athlete goes through,” Swan said. 

“I want to thank my parents for their support, my coach Mo Pearson and my friends Maria Brett, Georgia Doyle-Lay and Rebecca Gray.”

Swan is now preparing for the Welsh Under 20s, England AAA Championships and English Schools Championships this summer.