Fairfield Farm College student, Harry Humphries (pictured above, far right), is celebrating winning gold and setting a new world record at the European Down Syndrome Swimming championship in Olbia, Sardinia. Harry represented Team GB and competed against 19 countries from around the world, where he reached four finals.
Harry set a world record and took home gold medals for the 200-metre freestyle relay. He also won two bronze medals in both the 100 and 50-metre freestyle relay. This incredible achievement was recognised when he was awarded Young Individual Sportsperson at the 2019 Westbury Young People Awards earlier this year.
In 2017 Harry was spotted at a gala in Southampton, specifically for people with Downs Syndrome. As a result, he now travels the world, taking part in competitions and winning medals while competing with Team GB.
Harry joined Fairfield Farm College, a specialist college for students with learning disabilities, in September last year as a residential student, staying at the college mid-week. A spokesperson for the college said, “Harry does a fantastic job balancing his college life and training for his competitions. He joined Warminster Swimming Club, near to the college, so that he could increase his training to include an early swim and a one-to-one evening session with his coach. With lots more competitions on the horizon, we are excited to see if there are more medals and world records on the horizon.”