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The 11-year-old, from Gerrards Cross, who is already part of the England Paraswimming Development Porgramme, has received a £1,000 grant, which he will put towards additional training and travel to various competitions.
Tulloch, who swims for Chalfont Otters, was born with an arm defect known as longitudinal central dysplaseia, but he does not allow that to keep him down. He trains five days a week, specialising in the 100m and 200m freestyle and butterfly and competes around the country.
Proud mum Alice said: “Max started out just swimming for fun at Wexham Pool, but it was soon clear how good a swimmer he was, and we were told we needed to get him a classification, which categorise swimmers based on their level of disability.”
Max was classified as S9, which is the same category as the swimmer he most looks up to – multiple world and European champion and double Paralympic silver medalist Claire Cashmore, who he has had already met.
He was also put in touch with Dave White, paraswimming path officer for the south-east region, who tracks Max’s progress and maps out a programme of training for him, as well as giving him targets to aim for.
Alice said: “Max was given a set of goals and target race times by Dave, and he has already ticked off all the things he is supposed to achieve by November!”
That should come as no surprise to the Thorpe House School pupil, who will graduate to the Royal Grammar School, in High Wycombe, after the summer.
He has already made a splash this year by winning silver in the 100m butterfly at the National Para-Swimming Championships in Manchester, before adding personal bests in the 200m individual medley and 50m freestyle at this month’s Glasgow International, where he was competing alongside some of this summer’s Paralympic swimmers.
Tulloch was awarded the grant at a Bucks Sporting Lunch last Friday, which raised £4,500 towards future funding for young athletes and where the guest speaker was 2010 Winter Olympics skeleton gold medalist Amy Williams.
Max Tulloch with Olympic skeleton gold medallist Amy Williams