POOLE swim star Jacob Peters is relishing the opportunity of taking on a European double-header.

Having broken into senior ranks earlier in the year as part of England’s Commonwealth Games squad, the 17-year old is set to feature in both the junior and senior European Championships.

He is one of only five British swimmers due to compete in both competitions this summer, joining Freya Anderson, Emily Large, Nick Pyle and Tom Dean.

The European junior event takes place in Helsinki from July 4-8 with the senior equivalent from August 3-9 as part of the multi-sport Games in Glasgow.

The Poole Grammar School pupil said: “I am treating the two events as entirely separate things.

“I’m not going to hold back in Helsinki because I’m thinking about Glasgow. I’m just going to follow the process I do for every race.

“I’d like to PB at the junior event, and if I can do that I don’t think I’ll be too far off a medal.

“In Glasgow I want to get another PB and then make a final. You look at the quality within the British team and it’s so high – and that’s without the guys from the other countries.”

He added: “I went to world juniors last year and that was my first serious international competition representing Great Britain.

“Then going to the Gold Coast was like nothing I’d ever experienced before – the crowd, the atmosphere, the team – it was such a great opportunity.

“It was the biggest crowd I’ve ever been in front of. My first race was against Chad le Clos and Ben Proud, so I was less worried about the noise and more worried about them.

“I definitely took things away from it that I can use in my future races. It just proved to me that you have to just focus on your own race and process.”

Once Peters has finished both competitions, he is hoping to have some time away with his family as well as collecting his A-level results in maths, biology and physics.

The youngster has decided to stick with Poole rather than head to university.