Jacob wins nine medal haul for swimming, despite a broken toe

Jacob Rhodes with his swimming medals

Jacob Rhodes with his swimming medals - Credit: Archant

Young Jacob Rhodes from Elm didn’t let a broken toe get in the way this weekend, when he won a massive haul of medals at a swimming event in Cambridge.

Thirteen-year-old Jacob - a member of Wisbech Swimming Club - won seven gold medals, two silver and a bronze medal in the Cambridgeshire County Development Championships for youngsters aged 13 and under.

Jacob, who is a pupil at Neale Wade Academy in March, broke his toe when he collided with a cupboard three weeks ago, but was determined to take part in the swimming event.

He won gold medals for 200m and 400m freestyle, 100m and 200m backstroke , 50m and 200m butterfly, and the 200m individual medley. Silver medals were won in the 100m butterfly and 100m, individual medley events, and bronze in the 100m freestyle.

As well as being a talented swimmer, Jacob is a keen member of The Secret Mole Society drama group based at the Rosmini Centre in Wisbech. He is currently rehearsing to play one of the pantomime dames in Jack(s) and the Beanstalk.

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