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Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Great Britain   
Born13 Jun 1993 in Scunthorpe, ENG
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Partner Ella Henderson
Loughborough, ENG
Businessperson, Coach
Higher education
Business Management - University of Derby: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age three. He switched from the pool to open water swimming for the 2013 season.
Why this sport?
"My dad got me into swimming. I was originally a 1500m pool swimmer and, if I'm honest, it bored me a bit. Eight lanes, eight people against you, same temperature water, you turn up and you're indoors all day. It wasn't my cup of tea. Being introduced to open water swimming through the talent ID programme really opened my eyes to the tactics and a completely different dimension to the sport of swimming which I'd not experienced in the pool."
Club / Team
NPC Loughborough: England
General Interest
Supporting English football club Chelsea. (Twitter profile, 24 May 2019)
He sustained a fractured knee injury in late 2018. (britishswimming.org, 13 Feb 2020)

He sustained two broken ribs and a series of illnesses during the 2017/18 season. (bbc.co.uk, 16 Sep 2018; outdoorswimmer.com, 07 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Without hard work and dedication, dreams stay dreams and never become reality." (jackburnell.co.uk, 06 Feb 2013)
Awards and honours
He was named Swim England's Open Water Swimmer of the Year in 2018. (swimming.org, 10 Nov 2018)

He was named England's Amateur Swimming Association [ASA] 2015 and 2016 Open Water Performance Athlete of the Year. (swimswam.com, 16 Nov 2015; swimming.org, 02 Dec 2016)
Other sports
He has represented Great Britain in swimming, and competed at the 2012 European Short Course Championships in Chartres, France. (zwemza.com, 10 Jul 2017; bleacherreport.com, 03 Aug 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 29 Oct 2020)
Famous relatives
His partner Ella Henderson is an English singer and songwriter, and was a contestant on the British reality television show 'The X Factor' in 2012. (thesun.co.uk, 30 Jun 2020)
Other information
He retired from competitive open water swimming in April 2021. He had been impacted by a shoulder injury and finished in 24th place at the 2021 World Cup in Doha, Qatar, a month earlier. "I want to do it on my terms. That race was a bit of an eye-opener and, although it wasn't the only reason, it did highlight that I'm not quite there physically or mentally right now. For some it's the love of the sport which keeps them going even when they're past their peak, but for me it's always been about winning and I need to do what makes me happy. I knew that physically Tokyo 2020 was pushing it for me, so when the Games were pushed back a year it was a big hurdle to get over. I've also had COVID and lots of time out of the water with my shoulder and I'm at a point where I'm proud of what I've achieved in my career, but I'm ready to move on." (bbc.co.uk, 06 Apr 2021)

He works as a performance and mindset coach, and has served as the head performance mindset coach for English football club Brentford. (huubdesign.com, 08 Apr 2020)

He has a number of business ventures outside of competitive swimming, including a swimming kit supply business. "I started that pre-Rio [2016 Olympic Games] which is quite good, but I just couldn't sustain the time and energy doing that and training at the same time. I've got a couple of other ventures that are coming to fruition now, including an online training platform called Elevate which I'm quite excited about, I'm also working quite closely in the commercial side of football and that's something that I'd like to pursue post swimming career. There's all sorts of stuff going on outside of swimming which I need to keep me ticking over in the pool, I'd go stir crazy otherwise." (fina.org, 22 Jul 2019)

 Competition Highlights
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
14 2012 Chartres, FRA 1500m Freestyle 15:02.90
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
12 2019 Gwangju, KOR 10km 1:48:09.9
11 2019 Gwangju, KOR 5km - Team Relay 55:31.1
4 2017 Budapest, HUN 10km 1:52:00.8
5 2015 Kazan, RUS 10km 1:50:05.8
15 2013 Barcelona, ESP 10km 1:49:30.6
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2018 Glasgow, SCO 10km 1:49:37.1
4 2018 Glasgow, SCO 5km - Team Relay 52:51.3
2 2016 Hoorn, NED 10km 1:55:21.2
6 2014 Berlin, GER 10km 1:50:04.1
7 2014 Berlin, GER 5km - Team Time Trial 58:06.5
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
56 2021   10km  
24 2021 Doha, QAT 10km 1:52:43.2
  2020   10km  
9 2020 Doha, QAT 10km 1:50:03.1
77 2019   10km  
12 2019 Doha, QAT 10km 1:52:34.3
1 2018   10km  
12 2018 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:53:35.0
8 2018 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:56:08.00
2 2018 Beau Vallon, SEY 10km 1:49:44.00
20 2018 Doha, QAT 10km 1:53:13.2
1 2018 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 1:56:34.80
3 2018 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:56:23.22
16 2017   10km  
1 2017 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:45:54.6
2 2016 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:47:47.00
2 2015 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:57:53.6
1 2015 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:41:41.93
4 2015 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:56:11.4
1 2015 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 1:42:06.00
6 2014 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:52:10.6