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This month was the end of the national league fixtures this year until after the Christmas break. Also I had England an U18 training camp which was very tough. The first half of the league season was okay and we sit fourth in the league but we hope to do better next half of the season. Also as the outdoor season was over, the indoor season started. It was decently successful with us becoming midlands champions and being promoted to the indoor national league.
I was in a heavy training block over the Christmas period only to fall ill and miss a couple of weeks training recently. Although I'm back training now, it's put me back a bit from where I want to be at this stage in the season. I'm keeping positive though and will keep working hard and push on through!
As the training season is in full swing I now have a new focus until February. All youth sailors are required to take part in profiling (fitness testing) if they want to be considered for the RYA youth squad. Profiling tests all aspects of fitness, with benchmarks we are all required to meet. Without the support from Everyone Active and LRS sport I would struggle to train for my profiling. This support allows me to reach my benchmarks and be allegeable for the RYA squads. Thankyou LRS!
In mid December Hector and I spend the weekend in Weymouth training with the RYA youth nacra team. We were given a glamour day on the Saturday and had 2 long sessions on the water. We made some huge gains in communication on the startline. This then lead to better starts overall as the day went on. On the Sunday we sadly weren't able to sail as a huge storm passed through. Instead we worked on building a relationship with our sailing partners through a trust exercise. We also worked with the RYA jurors in a mock protest scenario, which AJ and I were happy to win. Overall was a very productive weekend and some large gains were made.
In early December I sailed in the 29er GP at Rutland sailing club with a new partner. The first day of the event was sadly called off due to fog, however the second day went ahead. We were split into 2 fleets as there was over 70 boats at the event. Our first race ever sailing together we got an 8th. We then got 2 more top 10s and a 15th. Overall this placed us 22nd. For the first time sailing together we were really happy with how it went and are looking forward to sailing together in the future.
After a short Christmas break, I got stuck straight back into training with the Wales goalkeeping group. A long 8 hour day looking into all these goalkeeping, with a focus on the lifestyle needed to become world-class goalkeepers. On pitch, we were looking at penalty corner defence and managing a baseline entry. Some great progress made and something to think about heading into the second half of the season.
After training at my home club over Christmas, I had a weekend training in Weymouth it was windy and we went out in the bay. We focused on speed upwind and downwind, and on the first day down we made it close to the cliffs and saw two dolphins. The unwinds where painful and my back and legs are still recovering. A new wetsuit I bought with the funding money helped to keep me warm along with my microfleeece that a friend gave to me.
I would like to wish everyone at LRS Go Gold a Happy New Year! I hope 2020 is going to be a good one!
I have just received my new junior race licence and I am looking forward to my first road race in February/March. Most youth racing is done on closed circuits with races generally only an hour or less in duration. Moving up to Junior the races may be up to three hours long and ridden on real roads. I am training hard and looking forward to the start of the season.
I have been spending most of my time training with my coach. I have just been invited to attend a Residential Camp in Tamworth with England boxing where I will train with the other England boxers and coaches. I am looking forward to competing in the nationals in February.
After a short break for Christmas, I went to Sweden to officiate at a club international club tournament, the first time I have officiated at this level. Was asked to play for the host team Jarfalla for a couple of games. Great experience and really difficult to ;learn to play in a new team who don't speak English!! A few goals in the bag and a good workout.
Looking forward to the continuation of the domestic season and chasing titles.
In December I was invited to play with the u18s against Streatham.
When I got on the rink I managed to play and get a shutout for the first time in the u18s season.
January aims are to train with the Phantoms 2 team.