Kirkby Paralympic medalist finds a new career

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A Kirkby Paralympic medallist says he has struck gold again, after landing an apprenticeship with British Gas.

Former swimmer Sam Hynd, who announced his retirement from the pool last month, is now urging others who are uncertain about which career path to take, to look into an apprenticeship.

The 22-year-old, who was diagnosed from birth with bilateral talipes - a condition often referred to as club foot - won gold in the 400m freestyle at the Beijing Paralympics, and a bronze at the London 2012 games.

But after reaching the pinnacle of his sport, and with National Apprenticeship Week being marked this week, he now wants to switch his attention to his new career.

“I know that being a physical job it will have its challenges, but I’m determined to work hard and complete my apprenticeship,” said Sam, who is learning to be ‘smart energy expert’ with British Gas in south Wales.

“I’m looking for a job that will keep me motivated, focused and let me stretch my physical and mental abilities.”

Sam’s new career has even been given the thumbs-up by friend and Olympic gold medalist, Rebecca Adlington.

Rebecca Adlington, is supporting Sam’s latest venture.

She said: “It’s great to hear that Sam is continuing to do great things.

“From securing a gold medal in Beijing to getting onto the career ladder with British Gas, he’s shown that anyone who has the passion, determination and drive can succeed in whatever career path they want. I wish Sam all the best with his latest venture.”