Double Olympic gold medallist James Guy re-opens Millfield Prep swimming pool

Double Olympic gold medallist James Guy visited Millfield Prep School to reopen his childhood swimming pool and inspire the next generation of swimmers following in his footsteps. James’ swimming career flourished at Millfield Prep when he joined the school in Year 8, in 2008, followed by five years at Millfield.

The re-opening came after 4 months of work, during which Millfield Prep pupils used Millfield's 50m pool. This work followed further investment made in the pool in 2018, totalling £445k.

Entering the pool to squeals of delight and cheering from pupils, James said: “Millfield has the best facilities I have seen in a school, I’ve never seen anything like it. The staff, great food, the pools kept warm, everything you need to be the best version of yourself. Swimming is not an easy sport, it’s a very hard sport. Enjoy what you’re doing [and listen to Helen!]. I know sometimes swimming can be hard and it’s boring when you’ve got 10 x 200s, but those sessions when you’re tired and you’ve had a bad swim, it’s about looking back and knowing that you’ve done everything right to get to that.”

Director of Swimming at Millfield Prep, Helen Gouldby, who coached James as a 12-year-old boy, said, “It was an absolute honour to have James here today and it was so inspirational for the children. I often say to dream big and to have James here, who has reached the highest level within the sport, was phenomenal for the children.”

As well as talking to current Millfield Prep swimmers, James answered questions from aspiring Year 8 swimmers Asta Maddox and Andrew Towers, about his career in the sport and advice for the next generation. Asta, a day pupil from Wells who was recently selected by Swim England for their national development programmes, said, “I was in awe. He was very inspiring and gave us some really good advice that I am going to take with me through my journey in swimming.” Andrew, a boarder from Surrey, said: “It’s not every day you get to meet James Guy. He was very inspiring and gave me some great tips going forward.”

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