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Art and Design student takes part in Para-swimming International Meet

Louis Hines, who is currently studying Art and Design, has set himself out as one to watch in swimming for Tokyo 2020. Louis, 18, achieved three personal bests as he took part in events on an international stage in Glasgow for swimmers from across the globe, he managed to shave a huge 11.5 seconds off of his personal best in the 200m individual medley to qualify for the final and then took a second off that as he finished 21st overall.

Louis’ huge improvement has come too late for Rio 2016, however if he continues improving at the rate he showed recently then he will be well on his way to Tokyo 2020. Louis has had a passion for swimming since he was a young boy, at the age of 11 he was moved to a higher swimming group and that’s when he discovered his talent. “I’d always taken part in sports as a kid, swimming was just another sport for me that I enjoyed. It wasn’t until my swimming instructors told me that I was good that I really applied myself and I’ve loved it ever since!”

The support of family, friends and classmates has really helped Louis “It’s been quite overwhelming! I couldn’t wish for anything more, the event was similar to a Gala with added pressure so the support has really helped me.” Swimming isn’t Louis’ only passion, he is also a very talented illustrator and has developed these skills whilst studying on his Art and Design course. “I always loved drawing superheroes as a kid, I kept up the doodling and when it came to College I knew I wanted to study Art.”

Check out some of Louis latest work, his most recent creation is the ‘Silver Punch’ flipbook. You can check it out here

Louis is excited about the prospect of competing at Tokyo 2020. “I know if I work hard and continue my training I could be there – swimming is becoming more than just a hobby for me, I really enjoy it.” We wish Louis the best of luck with his training!