Joe’s swimming career began with ‘learn to swim’ classes – his parents first took him to these classes so that he could be safe in the water.
Joe loved being in the water from the first class and from these classes he joined his local club – Rotherham Metro.
Showing natural talent and a passion for swimming – Joe rapidly progressed through the club levels.
Upon turning eighteen Joe went on to higher education and continued his swimming career at Loughborough University.
After three years Joe made his International senior debut at the long course (50m) European Championships in Hungary 2006 where he competed in 200m and 400m individual medley, as well as the 200m butterfly.
Joe began to excel in these events and throughout his career representing Great Britain has amassed a total of 21 National medals and has been British Champion 10 times between 2005 and 2014.
Joe currently still holds the British record for short course 200m butterfly and the 400m individual medley short course Commonwealth record holder.
In 2012 Joe was the only British swimmer to qualify for three individual events for the London Olympics after winning two events at the Olympic trials.
Joe is also the co-director of Swim Swift Elite, a company that is committed to giving back to swimming and enhancing performances of swimmers of all ages.
As well as this Joe is a Sports for Schools athlete encouraging children to take part in and understand the value of exercise and living a healthy lifestyle.
Joe worked on the Sporting Champions programme, helping to make an impact on young people’s lives and raising aspirations. He is now looking to inspire your audience by sharing his secret of what it takes to be the best you can!
Since retiring from international competition Joe has been inducted into the South Yorkshire Sport Hall of Fame – this has been the platform for Joe to attend and inspire at the School Games as an ambassador for promoting sporting excellence in Yorkshire.