Hey, I’m Tom Derbyshire and I am the latest former GB international swimmer to join the SwimPath team. I recently retired from swimming after 10 years in the sport. Over those years I represented Great Britain at both junior and senior level as well as England at the Youth Commonwealth Games in 2015.
Some of my career highlights include winning European Junior gold and silver at the 2016 European Juniors, these were in the 1500m and 800m freestyle respectively, along with winning gold at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa. I was also able to represent Great Britain at the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow.
For the last four years of my career I was able to train alongside Olympians and World Champions at the British Swimming National Centre based in Bath. For me, this was a dream come true and I was able to learn and train with the best whilst pursuing my own goals.
As a distance ‘specialist’, my best bit of advice to any younger swimmers looking to tackle the longer events would be to really practise consistently hitting your pace in training and to make everything as even as possible. When racing the longer events, it is important that you don’t start your race to fast and that you are able to maintain a consistent pace throughout. There is no worse feeling then realising that you have gone out too fast after the first 200m or so. You should always aim to finish the race as strong or even stronger than how you started.
I am looking forward to working with SwimPath and helping other achieve their goals in the sport.