Max earns selection for world junior swimming championships

Max Litchfield.
Max Litchfield.

Badsworth swimmer Max Litchfield is on his way to Dubai next month to represent Team GB at the World Junior Swimming Championships.

The event will crown a great year for 18-year-old Max after he has enjoyed success in national championships and at European level as well.

After doing well against the best in the country at the British Championships in Leeds earlier this year Max qualified for the European Junior Championships in the 400m freestyle and 200m and 400m individual medley events as well as earning a place in the 4 x 200m freestyle relay team.

In the event in Poznan, Poland Max came away with a gold medal in the relay event and a silver in the 200m individual medley in a time of two minutes, 1.6 seconds, only being beaten by the young Russian star Semen Makovich in a new European junior record of 1:59.94.

Again, Max’s times in the 200m and 400m freestyle and 200m and 400m individual medley were fast enough to qualify him for a place in the Great Britain squad for the World Junior Swimming Championships plus a place in the 4 x 200m freestyle team to swim against the world’s best youth swimmers.

“It will be a fantastic experience,” said proud father Peter Litchfield.

“The event is taking place at a Dubai sports complex that was built at an estimated cost of $300m and has seating capacity of 15,000 seats, all leather, with two 50m swimming pools.

“It’s been a superb year so far for Max and next up is the British Gas ASA National Youth Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield this week then it’s on to Dubai at the end of August.”

Max has just completed his A levels at Pontefract NEW College and is hoping to go to Sheffield Hallam University where he will be studying physiotherapy and will move clubs to join the City of Sheffield Swim Squad after competing for the Doncaster Dartes.

He began swimming aged just five and in a highly successful junior career has won numerous medals at all levels as well as setting national junior records. His ambition is to make the Great Britain swimming team for the next Olympics in Rio.