Date of Birth:
26 April 2000
Jaxon Simmons, a student at Arthur Mellows Village College is a visually impaired swimmer who has trained with the City of Peterborough Swimming (COPS) Club since 2012.
As a committed sportsman, Jaxon is supported by his parents, coaches and team mates to help him succeed.
Jaxon’s biggest achievement to date is holding the British record for his classification s13 in 1500m free, which he broke in
December 2014. He is also immensely proud to have reached the finals of the 400m freestyle and the 100m butterfly events at the British Paralympic Swimming International Meet in Glasgow in 2014. This was his first major event, where he competed in 7 races in total and he got to swim in the Commonwealth Games pool!
At the 2015 SportsAid Lunch Jaxon was the chosen grant recipient and was presented with a cheque to assist with costs for training and attending competitions.
Since summer 2015 Jaxon has been placed in the World Class podium group, which means he has been identified as a potential medalist for the World Championships in 2017 or 2019, or the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Jaxon will take part in training camps with the GB team and will receive support from a visiting support officer to help our programme provide the best for Jaxon.
In 2017 Jaxon was selected to join the Britsh Para Swimming Podium potential programme designed to help and support athletes in achieving their goal of competing in the 2020 and 2024 Paralympics.
During the British Para Swimming Championships, Jaxon completed in six events and set three new personal best times. Jaxon qualified for one World Final and four British Finals.
This year, the World Para Swimming organisation introduced a World Series where international meets would be held to determine the best para-swimmer in the world.
Jaxon will be representing Great Britain on 6th-9th July at the World Para-Swimming Series held in Berlin as part of a youth team to gain valuable international experience. Jaxon is again a product of COPS Mini Squads and a relatively late starter at the age of 12 when he first made his COPS start. Jaxon will be racing all the Freestyle events from 100-800m and will gain huge experience in this environment to aim for full international honours in the next two year.
You can watch Jaxon on live stream on the following link: https://www.paralympic.org/swimming/world-series-2017/berlin
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Update– Jaxon recently earned British Para-Swimming World Class Podium-Potential status. This means that Jaxon is officially part of the Great Britain team selected for lottery funding and external support from British Swimming.
We’re excited to see what happens next for Jaxon!
Jaxon’s ambition is to swim at the Paralympics as part of Team GB.