Swimmer Haughton delighted with Howard scholarship
Currently one of the most accomplished 17-year-olds in local swimming, Nicholas Haughton's national and regional achievements in the pool and academics propelled him to the merit of a swimming scholarship to Howard University in the United States.
"I feel honoured and happy to attend this prestigious University. I am even more honoured to have received a scholarship," he said.
The budding swimmer passed eight subjects at CSEC, and has passes at the CAPE level also. He intends to study finance, with a concentration in actuarial science.
"Nothing is ever handed to you ... . It took a lot of hard work in trying to achieve balance between training and school. I had to study hard and give it my all in SATS," Haughton explained.
"I definitely feel accomplished, in terms of the hard work put in. I think I am one of the better swimmers for the last four or five years," he recalled, adding: "At Howard, I'll be able to learn from swimmers outside Jamaica."
Haughton won the 17-and-over champion trophy at last week's 2015 Mayberry Investments Schools Swimming Championships, courtesy of four gold and one silver medal.
Prior to that, he was a member of the 4x100 metre free style relay team which took silver at the recently concluded Carifta swimming championships in Barbados.
He also ended top two as a B finalist at the Pan American Olympic Sport Festival in 2014.
Haughton learnt to swim at age seven, and his love of a hobby developed into successive years of national representation.
After all, his idol is national swimming champion Alia Atkinson, who by now needs little introduction where swimming is concerned.
"I look up to Alia Atkinson. No matter who you are, or where you come from, once you put in the work, everything is possible," he reasoned.
"I am ready for the challenges ahead, he noted, adding he is determined to swim into greatness.
"The 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, is the ultimate goal for me," stressed Haughton, while hoping to successfully represent Jamaica at the Pan American, Central American and Caribbean levels, and World Short Course, respectively.