Last year, through our charity partners, SportsAid, Team Neat was lucky enough to sponsor Team England swimmer, Jacob Peters. After an absolutely incredible year of accomplishments, including a Commonwealth silver medal, we caught up with Jacob to hear about his experiences, and to get to know him a little bit better:
Name: Jacob Peters
When & How Did You First get Started in Your Sport?
I've always had swimming lessons but I first started swimming competitively when my school teacher recommended I joined a club when I was 8 years old.
You Recently Competed at The 2018 Commonwealth Games – Tell us About The Experience (Including Winning a Silver Medal!) & How Things Have Changed For You Since Then?
It was an amazing experience to be a part of the Commonwealth Games representing my country. The whole experience for me was breathtaking and to come away with silver at the end was the icing on the cake. Since then I have passed my A-Levels, competed at the European Juniors untapered, and won gold in the heat of the 4 x 100 medley relay at the European Championships in Glasgow.
You’ve Received Support From SportsAid, Who Are Also Our Charity Partners - How Much Of A Difference Has This Made To Your Life & Career?
It makes a massive difference, every little bit of support helps me on my journey to success.
Who’s Someone That Inspires You, Whether That’s A Sporting Idol or General Life Inspiration?
I know it sounds clichéd, but Michael Phelps has always been my swimming idol from when I was young.
What’s Your ‘Day On A Plate’?
I think nutrition could be one of the areas that I need to improve the most, because I lack consistency and my day to day diet varies a lot. However, most commonly, I will have a Weetabix on-the-go drink before training then a proper breakfast like cereal or toast after. I have an early lunch consisting of sandwiches, fruit, cereal bars etc. at about 11 am and then a big pre-training snack at about 3 pm. Then, I will have a small post-training snack followed closely by a large home-cooked dinner.
Being So Busy And Training So Hard, What Do You Do To Relax And Why Is It Important To Take Time For Yourself?
Time for yourself is always important whether you are an elite athlete or just an average guy. But I feel for me it is important because it just lets me relax and take my mind off some of the more pressing matters in life and just really regain focus ready to start again the next day.
What’s Next For You / What Would You Like To Achieve In The Next Couple Of Years?
My main aim in the next 2 years is to make the Olympics and swim my best when I'm there.
What’s Your Favourite Quote Or Piece Of Advice?
This is a quote from my coach, or at least this is where I have got it from!: “whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, your right”.
Time For a Quickfire Round!:
If You Were A Brand, What Brand Would You Be and Why?
Adidas, because they do everything I need, from swim stuff to clothes - practical!
Most Played Song on Your Playlist?
At the moment it's Eastside by Benny Blanco.
Must See TV?
Game of Thrones, Peaky Blinders, Power, Breaking Bad, Prison Break.
Anything - I'm a big foodie aha!
Movie You’ll Watch Over and Over?
Any Harry Potter film, you can't beat 'em!
I've not been to many but I'd love to go to New York City.
When You Were a Child, What Did You Want to be When You Were Older?
I've never really known what I want to do, I've always wanted to do everything all the time.