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Whorwood hangs up his cap and goggles

30th January 2013

Paralympic bronze medallist Matthew Whorwood has announced that he will be calling time on his swimming career to finish his degree and begin a career in engineering.

Whorwood has been studying Mechanical Engineering while swimming full time in his bid for success at the London 2012 Paralympic Games but with just a year left on his degree course he felt the time was right to focus on engineering.

“Swimming has been my life and I have loved it,” Whorwood said. “I have lived more years as an athlete or aspring athlete than anything else. I am sad to see that part of my life go but I am also excited about my career in engineering.

“I am really not sure what to expect from life post swimming but I am excited by my next steps. It has been nice that my alarm hasn’t been going off at 5am; that was a nice change after stopping my training.

“I really want to thank Billy [Pye] for everything he has done for my swimming and the success I have had. There have been so many people that have touched my career and helped me along the way and I want to thank all of them.

“The British Swimming team are so strong with their support staff and I know they will continue to succeed in the future.”

National Performance Director John Atkinson said: “Matt has been a really valuable member of our team over the years and he has been a great ambassador for the sport throughout his career.

“From everyone on the team we hope that he achieves everything he wants to in the future.”

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