Bishop Kelley’s Jack Callan: Swimming Spotlight Presented By Don Thornton Automotive Group

By Derrick Smith

Role models can play a big role in an athlete becoming better. Their influence can encourage them to never settle and to always work hard. And they can be a variety of people – professional athletes, celebrities, or in Jack Callan’s case, someone a little closer to home.

“My parents are definitely my biggest role models,” said Callan. “They have sacrificed so much for me so that I can have a great education and also take part in the sport I love. Their example has helped me to become the person that I am today.”

Callan attends Bishop Kelley High School, where he is a senior. He swims freestyle on the school’s swim team. He also swims at the club level for Trident Aquatics. Overall, Jack has been swimming competitively for about ten years.

Along with being a role model, Jack’s dad is also his swim coach at Trident and he says that he has learned so many things from him.

“He has taught me what it takes to be a great athlete and how to stay humble along the way.”

Jack has enjoyed many great times during his years swimming, but he says a recent accomplishment stands out as his favorite.

“I would have to say the highlight moment of my swimming career is when we won our first team state title last season,” Callan remembered. “We had been chasing that goal for a long time and it was so amazing to finally achieve it.”

Success, like winning a state championship, requires a lot of time and work for each athlete involved. Jack knows that the extra time is what makes the difference.

“In order to get where I am today, I have given hours each day perfecting what I do in the pool,” he said. “It has taken me pushing myself each day in training to reach my goals.”

Along with being a part of the swim team, Jack is also a member of the National Honor Society.