European Youth Olympic silver medallist and European Junior Championship gold medallist, Alex Dunk, likes a challenge as he succeeds with his studies alongside his swimming.

Alex, from Tarbock, has graduated from Edge Hill University this week with a BA (Hons) Biology, a subject he enjoyed throughout his school years.

“Edge Hill has been a great experience and I thoroughly enjoyed my course,” said Alex. “Scholarships Administrator, Zoe Slater, was amazing and the staff in the sports centre were so helpful and accommodating. The pool was always available to me, as was the gym and sports hall if I ever needed it, which really made a difference when I had afternoon lectures.”

Alex was awarded an Edge Hill University Sports Scholarship at Gold standard based on his swimming achievements. He was also crowned Knowsley Young Sports Person of the Year and was selected out of thousands of young people to carry the Olympic torch in 2012.

“I was 16 when I made my first international competition and from there I was selected to represent Great Britain in the European Youth Olympic Festival in Trabzon, Turkey in the summer of 2011. I managed to pick up a silver medal and was spotted by the England Talent Development programme, and selected for European Juniors in Belgium and Poland where I won a gold medal and broke a British record for 18 year olds.

“Following this, I was picked up by the World Class Programme, which aims to help the development of future world class athletes, and I received funding from British swimming to help towards training and hotel costs.

“After the 2012 Olympics and the poor medal performance of the swimming team, the government cut the funding of the World Class Programme, so I continued training on my own. During the qualification event for the 2016 Olympics, I achieved four lifetime best times from four events, and made the final of the 400m Individual Medley.”

Alex’s future aspirations are the same as any elite athlete. He aims to keep training and improving, perfecting his skill set for the 2020 Olympics.

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