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This month, I did my first two ILCA training weekends at Weymouth (WPNSA) and Bartley sailing club. These were really fun and I definitely learnt a lot, getting practice in light, medium and heavy winds. It was also great to sail with new people in different places to vary my sailing a bit. Due to covid restrictions, we weren't able to debrief properly and this meant the coaches instead sent videos of the sailing and feedback for us online. I've actually found this quite helpful as it means I can rewatch the videos and really see how I sail.
I also did the last race in our club racing series and finished 9th in the laser fleet and 8th overall in the series which I'm really pleased with.
For the past 4 weeks now I've gone back to full training and match play at training!! It feels good to be back on the court, and i'm feeling strong. It's been great to see all my teammates again, set new goals and targets for the constantly changing climate.
I can't wait for full competitive matches to be back, and currently am working hard for trials in the coming weeks for Loughborough Lightning u19! My week is consisting of 2 strength sessions, using my gym membership for everyone active, which is brilliant! 1 court session, and 3 conditioning sessions, which are brilliant, and keeping me busy!
I hope everyone is back training, fit, healthy and having fun!!
I have been training with my coaches regularly on court and meeting up with my doubles partner so we can train together. I have been following my fitness, strength and conditioning programme so I am feeling fitter and ready to compete.
I have also recently been invited by Badminton England to train at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes on the junior apprentice programme once a week. This programme is invite only and is offered to selected players around the country. I feel really grateful that I have been selected and I'm enjoying and learning lots from the sessions.
I have been back to training now since 23rd August. Started off with 6 sessions and I am now up to 8 sessions. From the beginning of October I will be back to my 9 training sessions a week as well as 3 gym sessions. I have loved being back to full training and cannot wait to start racing again, although not quite sure when that will be!
September has been getting back into routine around school. Continued support from school with training during school days. Few days off whilst waiting for Covid result which was negative. Working on upper body development with my S&C coach to support development on my serve which is going good with my tennis coach. Programme to follow at home too.
Working on improving movement on court. Training outdoor in colder conditions this week. Feeling positive and enjoying some group squads this month, good for matchplay. Hopefully competitions run for October half term.
This month I have been really getting back into training and started to get into threshold and aerobic sets and training hard and every week we have been doing 2×50 max and timed and every time I’ve been improving which is really good and I’ve found out if there is no lockdown there will be winter Nationals happening in January instead of December which would be really good and I’ll be training really hard for!
After competing at the British champs I wrapped my season up and took a deserved few weeks rest! Within that period I prepped with my coach the plans for next season and the upcoming winter training that I have just got underway! It’s going to be a tough graft over the next few months but I’m buzzing for it!
At loughborough, we have had a very full on pre season for the previous 6 weeks, including training around 5 days a week and gym sessions throughout the week to prepare for the start of the season. We have also played 3 pre season games, winning 7-2 in all 3 of them.
I have also had 2 England camps at lilleshall and Bisham Abbey, where we are just getting back into the programme after the lockdown period.
Monday was our first session back at Braunstone, it was really strange to be back in our home environment with the Covid rules. So far the sessions haven’t been too bad as we are increasing the metres as we get our fitness back.
It was my birthday the other week and I had my first driving lesson last Wednesday. It went really well. My theory is booked for next Friday so I’m balancing my school work with driving, swimming and the DiSE work.
I am really enjoying college and making new friends.
These past few weeks have been very good for me, I have finally returned to school ready for year 11 and taking my gcses's this year. I have also returned to training with the county and have kept getting on to court as much as possible which has been great. I've also been keeping up with an off court physical training plan which is really helping with building up my strength. Yet again, thank you LRS for your on going support.
Hi everyone. I hope you are all doing ok? I am still managing to train at my club NTGA with my personal coach. It's going steady and I have managed to add another day to my weekly schedule. So I am now in 6 days a week but I am still not back to my Pre Covid 19 program. One of my fellow training gymnasts Josh Jones has now left to go to University so we miss him and wish him all the best. I still have great support from my other training partner Ross Tait and my personal coach Harvey Smith and all the team at NTGA and my support staff and all at Go Gold. Thank you everyone.
Well, Throughout lockdown I have had a tough time training and keeping on top of things but recently I have passed my GCSE's to a good level which means I got on the course I wanted at Loughborough College and I have been provided with training at Loughborough University with the Elite squad. I have been training Physically and mentally throughout these times. I am staring to settle in at college and training, meeting new people and training with Elite athletes has helped me to thrive to be the best I can. Thank you again for all the funding and Thanks to the people in my life for their continued support.
After a few months of getting back into the pool we've now been hit with new government legislation restricting our training abilities and the 2021 water polo season has recently been cancelled. Tough time for our sport but everyone is working hard to get things back on track. Training has been increasingly enjoyable and i am looking forward to getting back into gameplay!
With no road races scheduled for the rest of the year I decided to take my off season early this year. I took a couple of weeks off the bike and now I have started training for 2021. I hope 2021 will be better than 2020 with a full race calendar.
When lockdown restrictions first started, the gym I attend was forced to close. I had to commit to outside training and at-home workouts in order to stay fit. Fortunately the gym has re-open now albeit with social distancing, but this has given me the opportunity to work alongside a coach and improve and develop my boxing skill set.
NATIONAL PREMIER LEAGUE
A couple of weekends ago I played in the National Premier League U18 Fixture at Ashby Tennis Club, The Ashby Team of 4 players are all 15 yrs old and we came up
against a tough team from Graves, all older, 17yrs/18yrs old. I won my singles and doubles. The team won 2 singles and 1 doubles which then put us at a penalty shoot
out. One player from each doubles plays against the opponents and it is first to 10 clear points. I played this with my partner we put in a very strong
effort but eventually lost 12-10. Great experience but not to be for us.
I have played in 2 rounds of the Mixed Doubles event playing for the Loughborough Lawn Tennis Team. We have won both rounds. The first to a very tough Market Bosworth Team and the 2nd to Roundhill Tennis club. I love playing doubles
I am now Back in Bath ready for my 2nd year at the University of Bath studying Sports Performance and specialising in Judo as an Elite athlete.
As I am now a 2nd year the last week we had a team building exercise with the whole of the University Judo club . This was a great week and was good for everyone to be introduced to each other.
We paddle boarded, canoed, Gorge walked , slept outside in a bivvy bag and other fantastic activities it was a great week of learning new skills with our coaches .
We are still not allowed to do contact judo but the Sports training village is open for me to train and maintain my strength and conditioning programme.
Thanks again for the funding as it has helped contribute to this Team building trip
It’s definitely been a short season this summer but I am grateful to have been able to compete several times over the past 2 months.
Starting off quite apprehensive for my first meet I was able to put in a decent performance.
And over the next few competitions I was able to improve on that performance and get back jumping a height that reflected where I should be at this point in the season.
Looking forward to putting on the work over the winter and hopefully towards a less restricted summer season next year.
After 159 days since my last race i was finally able to race again at Newcastle track league, the first track league i went to got rained off after the first event in which i finished 2nd which i was happy with after such a large gap in between races. In the second track league i went to i managed to win all 3 events on the night.
After having my break in August for 3 weeks I am now back into pre winter training.
I feel really motivated for winter training and am more focused that ever.
It has been a strange year and I chose to only compete once due to wanting to get back into training earlier this autumn so needing to have an earlier break and I'm really pleased I made that decision with my coach.
I ran at Nuneaton in a 1500m at the weekend for the last race of the season. I was feeling good and had been running pb sessions leading into the race but on the night it was really windy and although I thought I would finish the season with a pb, it wasn't to be. I was so disappointed not to pb but in the grand scheme of things, it was good just to be racing in such a strange and shortened season due to COVID.
Taking the positives from the race and the win will mean I have something to build on over the winter months after I've had a short break.
Over the past month I have been going to coventry every weekend with my club to do two sessions one on saturday evening and the other on sunday morning. These have reminded me how tiring the sport is but I cant wait to get back to proper training tonight. Also over the past month I have used my gym membership which the LRS funding has given me and it has allowed me to increase my endurance and also strength through the machines. I am very thankful for giving me the resources to allow me to have the free gym membership.
We have finally been able to get back to training. Three weeks into a weekly training session where we have been able to play the modified game of netball. It's a little strange to get used to but it is so nice to get back on the court.
It's great to see my team mates again and work together to nail the basics ready for competition to begin in November.
I have also started back at college so with netball my weeks are starting to fill back up again just like they were before lockdown, which is great to get into a routine again.
Looking forward to the weeks to come!