Maia and Isaac Hall are rising stars in the swimming world and both signed off 2021 with glittering success on both sides of the Atlantic.
Isaac, 17, a breaststroke specialist whose best event is the 200m, made waves in a recent national competition as his dad Mike, who works at the Boulby mine in East Cleveland, explained: “He recently competed at the Swim England winter nationals where he set a personal best time in his favoured event.
“He also took part in the British Schools National Biathlon Championships at Bath University. This consisted of a 1600m run and 200m swim.
“Isaac finished third in the run and first in the swim. This was enough to win him the ‘17-year-old boys 2021 British Champion’ award. An amazing achievement.”
Isaac swims for Ellesmere College Titans in Shropshire, one of the country’s leading centres of swimming excellence, he competes on a scholarship continuing his A’ level’ studies and is currently writing to universities in America with the hope of being awarded a scholarship to swim and study there.
That would enable him to follow in the wake of his big sister Maia, 19, who is part- way through her first-year swimming for the Nebraska University Huskers.
She recently competed at the US Open in Greensborough, North Carolina, qualifying for the ‘A’ final in the 200m breaststroke - the only swimmer from Nebraska ‘Huskers’ to qualify into an ‘A’ final at the meet.