Wirral Waters backs Nathan to compete in World Deaf Swimming Championships

Nathan Young, who trains with Wirral Metro Swimming Club in Birkenhead, wasn’t eligible for any funding from Team GB or Sport England – and now Peel L&P have stepped in

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Nathan Young, left, with Peel L&P director Richard Mawdsley


Wirral Waters and regeneration business Peel L&P are championing a 20-year-old deaf swimmer from Wallasey by supporting his participation in the World Deaf Swimming Championships.

Nathan Young, who trains with Wirral Metro Swimming Club in Birkenhead, wasn’t eligible for any funding from Team GB or Sport England, despite representing Great Britain, as deafness isn’t currently regarded as a disability in sport in the UK.

But now, thanks to the backing of the property group, Nathan will compete at the World Championships due to start on August 25 in in Sao Paulo in Brazil.

Having previously competed at the 4th World Deaf Swimming Championship in Texas in 2015, the 23rd Deaflympics in Turkey in 2017 and the European Championships in Poland in 2018, Nathan is an inspirational athlete but his journey hasn’t been easy.

He lost his hearing rapidly during his early childhood and life became very difficult in mainstream school, both socially and academically. As a lover of sport, it became increasingly frustrating that he couldn’t take part in any team sports but, eventually, Nathan discovered swimming and found himself throwing all his energy and passion in to it.

After a difficult transition in to secondary school, he gave up on swimming for a while but rediscovered his passion after his parents fought tirelessly to move Nathan in to a new school which would embrace his deafness and help him to heal from his past experiences.

Nathan joined a new swimming club and, within a few months, joined the Great Britain Deaf Swimming Club which catapulted him on to the international stage. Alongside his swimming, Nathan is now studying Sports and Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moores University.

He said: “I am very grateful to Wirral Waters, Peel L&P and the wider community for their support. It saddens me that I receive no Government funding for a sport that I dedicate 20+ hours a week to.

“I compete against some fully funded countries, such as Ireland and Russia, and hope that one day we can change our government’s policy and that all deaf athletes will be treated equally alongside Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Without this support I would not be able to represent my country.”

Richard Mawdsley, Peel L&P director of development at Wirral Waters, went along to meet Nathan at the Europa Pool in Birkenhead where he trains and presented him with a cheque towards his trip to Brazil, along with his coach and sport scientist, Steve McQuilliam, who will accompany him.

Nathan is a real inspiration and we feel privileged to support such incredible local talent at an international sporting event. He will be flying the flag for Great Britain and it’s only right that he receives the support he deserves,” added Richard.

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