Chris Steeples Gets His Third GB Call
The 18 year old from Church Broughton has been selected to swim for the Great British senior team, in the Duel in the Pool against Germany in February 2011. This is Chris’ third time being selected for the GB team, after what has been an amazing progress year for the swimmer.
Chris is the men’s captain at Derventio eXcel swim squad – Derbyshire’s elite county swimming squad. He along with his teammates train up to 6 days a week and up to 5 hours a day 50 weeks of the year, and it shows the real commitment and talent that Chris and the other youngsters at Derventio eXcel have. Last summer saw 29 swimmers from Derventio compete in over 105 swims at the National Swimming Championships with swimmers bringing home Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in a range of events.
Chris started swimming at a young age and first began swimming competitively with his local swimming club of Etwall Eagles in Etwall, Derbyshire. Whilst he was there the clubs Head Coach Dean Howard tracked Chris’ potential and got in touch with the Head Coach of Derventio eXcel to allow Chris to have every chance to reach his full potential. From there Chris was made a member of the Derventio eXcel development squad where he began additional sessions alongside his club sessions with the elite squad. Chris adds “I got the chance to be part of Derventio eXcel and I grabbed it with both hands, being part of the development squad allowed me to make the transition to elite training at the right time for me, and it gave me an insight into what swimming at the top was really like”. He has since continued to go from strength to strength. Chris was naturally made a full time member of the elite squad 6 months later and then went on to win a Silver medal in the 100m Breaststroke at the 2008 National Championships when he was 16 years old.