Tom Haffield

YST Tom Haffield

Biography:

Tom started swimming when he was around 5-years-old and from there progressed through local clubs. At age 13, he made the decision alongside his parents that if he wanted to be successful, he would have to move to The City of Cardiff Swimming Club. This was huge commitment that Thomas made to achieve his goals. He trained twice which required his father to drive 180 miles a day. This travel made school life very challenging but through his determination he still passed all his GCSEs, his hard work began to pay off at aged 15, when Thomas won his first British Youth Championship title.

He began to be selected for competitions all around the world, picking up medals along the way. He was very successful as a junior swimmer but struggled for a while trying to break into senior waters. His big break came at 20 when he qualified for the Olympic Games in Beijing. He took 4 seconds off the British record. From there he went on to compete at various other World and European Championships. In his best year, Thomas was proud to finish ranked seventh in the world.

Sporting Achievements:

  • Olympian
  • Commonwealth & British Record Holder.