Sporting Thomas is in the swim after awards success

Thomas Grierson, 10, at Rastrick Independant School, with his haul of trophys
Thomas Grierson, 10, at Rastrick Independant School, with his haul of trophys

Rastrick’s Thomas Grierson has walked away with an array of awards for his swimming and football efforts.

The 10-year-old of Slade Lane has won a variety of awards from events over the last four months - among them was the Yorkshire Biathlete Series 2013 held in Driffield.

Thomas had to do a back-to-back 500 metre run, a 50 metre swim and 500 metre run. It was the first time the youngster had entered and he was crowned Yorkshire champion.

“I was just glad when it was over,” he said. “I was really happy because I won it and the first time I had done it and I was tired when I had finished because it was continuous.

“I’m don’t run that much because I’m not that fast a runner but I am a swimmer. I thought I’d have a go because my was doing it.”

He won two gold medals for 200metres in back crawl and butterfly at The Hydro swimming pool in Harrogate; in the Yorkshire SA Age Group Championships 2013 he got five top ten positions.

His team Huddersfield Borough swimming club won a medley race and Thomas walked away with the Beever trophy from Spenborough swimming pool and a gold medal for winning breast stroke.

At Bradford he won the nine to ten-years freestyle swim, a back stroke race, and the G. Arnold trophy.

Thomas who attends Rastrick Independent School is also a successful football player and his team Rastrick Juniors Football Club won the five-a-side tournament and came runners-up in their own tournament.

He said: “I like winning medals for swimming and it’s good for physical reasons too. I enjoy training and seeing my coaches all the time and friends.”