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A POYN­TON swim­mer has col­lected an­other haul of medals.

Jake Clap­pi­son, 15, re­cently won the Skins com­pe­ti­tion at Stock­port Metro Club Cham­pi­onships, a se­ries of seven sprint races where the slow­est com­peti­tor is knocked out in each race.

Not only did Jake win the over­all com­pe­ti­tion in his age group but also won each in­di­vid­ual race too.

This lat­est haul ac­com­pa­nies the many medals he has won over the years at var­i­ous events, such as the Manch­ester and Dis­trict Com­pe­ti­tions and the English Schools Gala where in the seven events he raced he achieved seven top three places, in­clud­ing three firsts.

In events such as the Na­tional Arena League Fi­nals in Cardiff Jake has swum along­side Olympians such as Adam Peaty, who last week broke the 100m Breast Stroke World Record. In this same event Jake was part of the Stock­port Metro team that in­cluded Com­mon­wealth medal­list Lau­ren Quigley and in this na­tional com­pe­ti­tion his Stock­port Metro team achieved 2nd place in 2014 and 4th place in 2015.

The teenager, from High Lane, started swim­ming aged two.

Jake, a pupil at Poyn­ton High, trains eight times a week.

His favourite events are the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 200 in­di­vid­ual med­ley.

Proud head­teacher David Waugh said: “Jake has shown an enor­mous amount of fo­cus and ded­i­ca­tion to achieve his suc­cess.”

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