THE OLYMPICS may have come to a finish this week but for one determined teenager the games have only just begun.
Max Litchfield, 17, is hoping for gold glory in the Rio 2016 Olympic games and will be training hard to ensure he gets there.
He narrowly missed out on a place in this year’s event, but is hoping with extra training and a few more years of competing under his belt - or Speedos - he will be able to represent team GB and bring home gold.
Max, of The Croft, Badsworth, began swimming at just five-years-old and went on to swimming clubs at Minsthorpe, and Doncaster - where he is currently part of the Doncaster Dartes squad.
This year he missed out on qualifying for the Olympics, but represented team GB and came sixth in the European Juniors competition that was held in Belgium in July.
Max said: “I was really proud of my place in the competition but am hoping to make it in the next Olympics.
“I think if I can continue to improve consistently then I should be able to get there.”
The determined swimmer gets up at 4am every weekday to train and then goes again at night to practice his strokes - a total of ten sessions a week.
But Max said he never gets tired of it.
Max said: “It would be my ultimate goal to get there, it would be amazing. I am just going to keep on practicing and hope it’s enough.
“Swimming is such a big part of my life and just love it.
“It’s a great sport and really enjoy competing.”