City of Oxford Swimming Club’s Callum Smart, still age 16, competed for the 18/under age group for Great Britain at the World Junior Championships in Indianapolis USA, from 15th-30th August 2017. Selected as part of a 21 strong GB team of swimmers, this was an excellent opportunity for Callum to race against the best in the world, from countries such as the U.S., Australia, China and Japan.
Callum was one of the younger boys competing in Indianapolis. Day one saw him race in the 100m breaststroke in a time of 1.03.46 posting his fastest ever heat time finishing 25th from 71 entries. Days four and five brought further breaststroke success, as Callum achieved a time of 2.18.14 in 200m breaststroke finishing 21st from a field of 55, and a personal best time of 29.26 in 50m breaststroke, coming 24th from 62 entries. Callum was also part of the GB 4x100m medley relay team who narrowly missed out on a place in the finals, finishing in 10th place with a time of 3.43.76.
This year, six City of Oxford Swimmers have gained success at international level, establishing COSC as one of the foremost competitive clubs in Britain. In addition to Callum, Connor Bryan (age 17), also swam internationally for Wales and Britain and David Murphy (age 19) swam internationally for Britain. Emily Wood (18), Kate Mills (19), David Murphy (19) and Emily Nisbet (18) were all selected to represent South East England internationally.