Jacob, who went to school in Poole, has been supported with three grants totalling almost £1,500 since 2017 from the Young and Talented Fund set up with the community foundation by Dorset Lord Lieutenant Angus Campbell.
His mum Rachael says the grants were a vital help for the family getting the Poole Swimming Club youngster to galas all over the country as he established himself as a rising star.
“The grants were a huge help to us because it is so expensive when you have to drive to important meetings in Plymouth, Sheffield, Glasgow and Edinburgh,” she says. “It is not just expensive for the swimmer but also for the family because when they are under 18 they have to have an adult with them and the coaches want them there a day before the meeting.”
Read more about Jacob’s selection here.