The 2018 GO GOLD Podium Athletes aim to blog about their competitions and training sessions at least once a month to keep LRS updated on their progress.
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Today I competed in the cadets and seniors at the Nottingham judo competition aiming to get the last 30 points I needed towards my black belt. In cadets I had three fights where I won two out of three to get a silver medal and twenty points. I then competed in the senior category where I won both my fights and a gold medal and another ten points. Next weekend I will be taking part in the dan theory which if I complete I will be awarded a black belt.
Today, 19th July, I joined the Harborough leisure centre as part of the Go Gold package.
Looking forward to using both the gym and pool this Summer.
On the 13th of July I played in a tournament in Sheffield.There were 5 teams consisting of players from different clubteams and age groups. My team managed to get into the finals but lost 1-0.
This weekend, I am training at a two day hockey camp in Nottingham.
This includes specific net minding skills and off pad fitness. Club training starts again in August.
I am training hard at the moment as a final big push before competing in Budapest in August. I will travel North on Monday to The British Summer Champs in Glasgow, where I will continue a training volume throughout. It's a fantastic end of season event, fast racing and it will be great to see my swimming friends again from all over Britain. Thanks as always to everyone at Leicestershire and Rutland Sport for your continued support. Much appreciated.
I have just go back from Warnemunde, Germany a Europa cup, my first international in the laser and only my second event in the radial. I had coach support throughout this event from the RYA with a training day at the venue before the event started. Two out of the 4 days we had a 5 hour postponement, and another day we didn't sail at all due to a risk of thunderstorms. Overall, after a light wind event I was pleased when I looked at the ages and although I came 27th overall I was 6th under 18. From the event I learnt a lot especially starting on a youth and senior start line, which originally I struggled with. After getting back from Germany I am preparing for the British nationals in Largs in Scotland.
I was feeling confident going into this race as it is one of the biggest races of my season and after the 2 days practice on the track i felt really good.
For the first moto of the day i finished 2nd, in the second moto i finished 4th and in the last moto i finished 4th. This got me through the quarter final.
I had a brilliant gate in the quarter final and got myself into 2nd which meant i was through to the semi final, My best lap of the day.
In the semi final 5 of us were level over the first jump. I ended up hitting elbows with the rider next to me which sent me the opposite way and threw me off the bike.
i was disappointed i didnt make the final but happy with my performance, now onto the World Championships in a weeks time in Belgium.
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Recently came back from two weeks on the road in Spain and France racing two very prestigious junior races, the Bizkaiko Itzulia and the Ain Bugey Valromey Tour. Had an absolute blast racing these races and really found a new level, especially in Spain. Now I'm home I'm building to national champs in two week, before that though I'm racing in Bedfordshire to see where the forms at.
At the beginning of July I raced in the HSBC National Road Circuit Championships in Scarborough. The race was only my fourth road national this year and the course is renown for an epic 12% climb which you have to tackle six times in the hour race. I knew it would be tough but quickly the peloton reduced to just a few very strong girls which each lap became less. On the final climb my biggest opponent attacked and I tried to go with her but she just got away leaving me to sprint it out with 3 other girls. I won the sprint and claimed the silver medal which I am pretty pleased about considering this is not my chosen discipline and I was racing against strong girls who just race road. Not bad for a mountain biker!
Just got back from the most amazing time at the European Juniors in Kazan. I was in Kazan for 9 days and it was the best swimming experience I have ever had.
I was very disappointed with my 200 butterfly, but a few days later I came back with a PB in my 100 butterfly and made it to the Semi Finals. I then went on to do the 400 girls medley relay. I was very pleased with my relay and we came 3rd, getting a bronze medal. I made so many friends both from GB and abroad.
A lot of lessons were learnt at this meet and hopefully I can put what I have learnt into the British Champs and then focus on next year and doing really well.
After tearing my pec minor 10 weeks ago I am now well on my way to full fitness, having started my rehab program and back squatting heavy and sprinting, I prepare for summer evaluations to see where I am at physically within the team.
Nationals start next week, I'm excited and nervous at the same time! However, the 6 hour drive up isn't sounding too nice 😴
My second University Games and another successful event for me and the GB team. Really close matches with some of the best countries in the world and we finished a credible 9th overall. We also attend both the opening and closing ceremony as water polo is the first sport to start and the last medal event. Thanks to BUCs for their support of the British team and those who support me personally including LRS.
While I was away, my university team, MMU was awarded the team of the year by BUCS; another water polo success
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Unfortunately I've suffered a stress fracture to my navicular in my foot.
I have been struggling for a month or so with issues in my foot including going all the way to Belgium to compete and not being able to race! After an MRI and CT scan the stress fracture has been confirmed and I have been in a boots and on crutches for 3 weeks now. Another 3 weeks ish to go hopefully! Not ideal as I was in great shape and had Pb'd in every race I had run so far in the season! However, injuries in sport happen and I will come back stronger!
My last race was Eton Dorney Triathlon which was an extremely hot day (35 degrees) which caused a lot of tires to pop in transition (luckily not mine!).The heat made the run very hard but the swim was warm, I still wore a wet suit for the buoyancy as my Yonda Wetsuit is super quick to get off. Overall a good day out coming 5th. It was a very flat course which made it fast.
My big goal this year was to get the qualifying time to make the U20 European Athletics team. I managed to get the qualifying time in my very first race of the season back in May. Since the Loughborough International I picked up an injury to my hamstring. I went to The National trials in not the best shape and probably should not have ran as I aggravated the injury. I was hoping I had a slim chance of possibly making the team but time ran out for me to prove my fitness. I will now be training hard to get back to the track very soon. Thankfully my funding has helped me pay for my Physio so thank you Go gold it is much appreciated.
Last weekend I attended a Level 1 coaching course to become a judo coach as well as a competitor.
It was a great weekend , I now need to coach 4 lessons and gain feedback to obtain my certificate.
thanks again for funding as this coaching course was self funded
Since finishing my second year at university with a First I've had a really good couple months back at home enjoying being in the company of my fellow training partners. I have been working hard at strengthening my hamstrings in the gym as they seem to be causing me a lot of problems! Back on track things are going well, I am now back to sprinting round bends and currently working on getting my 800m down to 2.20 (even after a hard session before). Now I'm jetting off to Ghana for 3 weeks completing a sports placement for young disadvantaged children in schools and orphanages. This will definitely be one of my biggest challenges yet - I might even have to give them a race! Hot weather training here I come.
I ran at the Watford Grand Prix on Saturday and although I was slightly quicker than my last race, I was disappointed with my race as it didn't correlate to my recent training and I felt I should've gone much quicker. I have since come down with a cold and so I can now understand the reason behind this. Onwards and upwards...
British Summer Nationals start 2 weeks today and I am currently in a massive training block. I will travel to Glasgow for the Champs but will train through whilst I am there, using the 4 events I have entered for race practice only. The advantage of this is no1, I will be with my coach no2, I will get some valuable long course training in, in preparation for the World Junior Champs in August. Very much looking forward to the 13 August where I will join a holding camp with my fellow British Swimming team mates, before we fly on the 17th.
Round 6 of the National Road Series (Curlew Cup) took pace in Northumberland. I travel up the day before so I could recce the course which included the infamous 'Ryals' climb having never raced this event before. I later met up with my team mates and manager Terry where we discussed race tactics over dinner.
40 plus riders took to the start line in the village of Stamfordham. We raced 3 laps of the circuit totalling 66 miles therefore it meant climbing up the Ryals 3 times. As a team we had multiple attacks from Rebecca & Ruth and a strong presence in all of the main breaks. The race finished in a reduced bunch and it was too close to call straight away. I finished 2nd overall, my highest placing in the series so far. My team mate Claire Steels won the QOM competition.
I have been training recently in open water again as the weather is nice and warm. This has been in preparation for an open water swimming competition that I am competing in on the 7th of July at Holme Pierrepoint . I will be competing in the individual 3K race in the morning, then in the afternoon part of a 3 x 500 metre relay team. I enjoy the challenge of Open Water swimming as it is outside of my usual comfort zone, of a nice clean pool where you can actually see the bottom and you don't have bugs biting you or fish racing with you :)
With the British Summer Championships 2019 taking place in Glasgow now less than 3 weeks away I am completing my final block of training in preparation for the Championships. I'm currently focusing more on my speed and power so I am in the best condition for 3 weeks time. I am hopeful that I will be in good condition so that I can reach finals and swim PB's.
As always a big thank you to GoGold for the support in my training for these big competitions.
Preparation was far from ideal as I developed tonsillitis 3 weeks prior to the event which resulted in some time off the bike to recover.
The time trial was a big target of mine, this took place in Sandringham, Norfolk. I finished 9th (U23 category) over the 17 mile course, I was disappointed as I was aiming for top 5.
The Women's Road Race took place 3 days later with the u23 and senior women in the same race. The race was 84 miles, my longest race to date and again this was in Norfolk. Halfway through the race I broke away with another rider however we were caught by the main bunch 40 minutes later. I finished 21st overall and 9th U23.
Back with Jamie Evans at City of Leicester and my UK team mates training hard for British Nationals.
I've entered the 3 backstrokes at Tollcross, Glasgow later this month.
Thank you Go Gold for your continued support.