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During the back to Tennis training season and without any real competitions to get stuck into I decided to give a little bit back to the sport. I have been coached by Martyn Whait at Loughborough Lawn Tennis club on how to be a hitter for a wheelchair player. I hit weekly with Dahnon who is 14 years old and World ranked no 3. He has a strong serve and I help to hit whatever type of balls he needs for his practice to help to progress his game. I also hit at Ashby Castle Lawn Tennis club with a younger boy too. I am hoping that September sees the return to some form of competition for me. This may have to be abroad though at ITF if the UK comps arent available.
Thankfully, we have been allowed back on the water in Leicester for a couple of weeks now! My training has been going really well and I am very happy with how my times are looking. I still have a few months before any racing though, as GB trials are in February but I will probably have the chance to do some domestic racing before then though!
I am finally now back on court training hard with my coaches. A big thanks to Loughborough University for opening their facilities allowing me to go back on court. Still too many leisure centres either haven't opened or have not opened their badminton courts. As well as training hard on court, I have also been attending David Lloyd and training hard in the gym and doing lots of swimming to keep my fitness levels up. I have no idea when I will be back competing but I am training hard so that I am ready when tournaments restart.
As covid-19 is still happening we still remain doing online sessions and fitness in the park. I now train with another judo club as well as my own, but just when my own isn't on. I do this by training with R.K. Judo Club on Sundays, however I still train online sessions with my national squad team every other Sunday. When I don't train with them I train with R.K. Judo Club. We hope to get back to training in our dojo and especially competing ,but for now we remain in parks and online sessions. This consists of …
Monday - Boxfit, Kettlebells.
Tuesday - Boxfit, R.k online judo.
Wednesday - Hitt, Boxfit , online judo session (my club).
Thursday - Core, R.K Judo online.
Friday - Hitt session.
Saturday - Judo/fitness (my club) at a park.
Sunday - Alternate between R.K fitness at park / National Squad training judo online.
Last week I received my GCSE results and I did really well. I got onto the A-level courses I wanted at my new college. I was also selected for the DiSE programme (Diploma in Sporting Excellence) which is part of the Swim England talent pathway. This will go alongside my A-levels.
I have started Swimming coaching again on a Sunday evening at Hinckley, it's great to be helping out with the younger kids again and inspiring them to be better.
I was back swimming again with my Club, but our pool still isn't open due to the Leicester lockdown, so we are trying to get pool-time elsewhere. The last 3 weeks have been at Coventry but now that everyone is going back to school it's going to be a struggle to get somewhere else.
I have recently managed to run in a competition after weeks of not having the chance! And I managed to run a huge pb of 10.59 over the 100m and gained myself an invite to British championship!
I looks forward to competing there on the 4th of September!
Now that more tracks are opening and we are starting to be allowed to travel, we can go to other tracks in the Midlands.
In the last weeks i have been taking trips to other tracks in the Midlands and having social distanced sessions with riders i would usually be racing.
This is great as i really enjoy riding at different tracks with different riders, especially after having a long time training on my own.
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This month I have finally gone back to training and I’ve never felt so amazing to get back and get a feel for the water again and I can’t wait until the new session starts so I can train as hard as I can until trials
During August, I went away to the French Alps. A training holiday for my family!!
Over the period of 2 weeks I rode my bike, up some well known mountains, ran and managed to get a few netball sessions in with my family to ensure I am ready for a return to the court which I have my first training session for on 2nd September!
Fingers crossed for returning to matches by the end of September and get some leagues up and running!
This month, I have gone back to work in my local restaurant after 4 months off due to lockdown. With the new eat out to help out scheme it has been really busy which has been tiring, especially with the increased amount of training I have been doing. I am continuing to improve on the bike and I'm happy with the progress I'm making. I can't wait for my first race post-covid!
I have been able to enjoy some warm weather training this month whilst being away on holiday thanks to some sessions supplied by my coach. It is pretty tough training on my own but I am still as determined as ever to hit the new season in good form. Having recently returned from holiday I have been able to jump straight back into squad training which was amazing. The training is far from that of pre lockdown, but it is the first step towards swimming normality. Looking forward to increasing the swimming sessions and the fitness level.
Well this month I have actually been training with a couple of other gymnasts. Although obviously socially distanced and on separate trampolines and within our own space on the floor with our own S&C equipment. I have been training with a couple of great guys which is really enjoyable. I'm still working steadily because we have no confirmed competitions at the moment either domestic or international yet obviously.
I ran at Trafford at the BMC Grand Prix on Saturday in the 1500m and was determined to push on from my last two races. I was pushing for a time as I feel in pb shape but the storm meant there were extremely high winds and heavy rain. I led the race from start to finish and felt strong finishing and whilst I knew I wouldn't pb because of the conditions I felt so strong and was really pleased to come away with the win.
Being back on the pitch consistently has been great and it has been good to be back training with Barford Tigers getting ready for the coming national league season. Also I had the opportunity to do some coaching with MT13 which was a good experience.
As per my previous blog I was really lucky to be able to go and swim in Mallorca in July doing 50m training and some open water. Unfortunately Spain went into lockdown so we then had to come home, but luckily a week later we were able to swim here in the UK when the pools opened. I managed to find a pool even though some parts of Leicester were still in lockdown. I then went on a weeks holiday and this Monday 24th August we have started training for the next season. Fingers crossed everything will be okay now and I will not have to stop swimming again. I missed it so much!
Over the past few weeks I have spent quite a lot of time getting used to being back on court and really enjoying playing again. I will return to school next week which will hopefully help with getting back to a more normal routine. Thank you LRS for the ongoing support.
The IBSF (bobsled governing body) released a statement confirming that there will be no races or competitions this side of Christmas with many tracks being closed till the new year. This only benefits me as it allows me to fully recover and get back to full strength without missing any races!
Since the last post I have been back in the pool which has given me some light at the end of the tunnel. It has been amazing swimming back in a pool again cause it has proven to me that I havent lost my stroke and only a bit of my endurance has gone, with timee and more sessions I will be back to were I was before the lockdown. I am looking forward to near future cause I feel more confident and also determined than ever to achieve my goals for the season.
I ran a 1500m in Bydgoszcz, Poland last Wednesday, which was my first race of the season. It was a bit odd as I haven't run or trained with anyone since lockdown started but it was good to get back out there.
Unfortunately, the pace maker wasn't the best and so no one ran to their best but it was a competitive race and a chance to get the legs ticking over.
On Friday I ran an 800m in Bromley and got a pb. It was extremely windy, which affected the times but I was pleased with the run, though I felt it was possibly faster than the time suggested- but that's is a good thing going forward as it means there is more to come.
Laser Nationals are being held next week at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, i will be racing my laser 4.7 for 3 days. It will be nice to finally get back to doing events!
I have also started sailing my RS feva again with my helm , following the RYA guidelines to stay safe. We are competing at the feva inlands the weekend after laser nationals, in the meantime we have been training and racing alot at hollowell, and we won the thursday evening personal persuit race last thursday.
So happy to share that last Thursday, I received my A level results and have been accepted by Loughborough University to study Sports and Excercise Science. Since my first swimming lessons, on a Saturday morning, in the pool at Loughborough University, I have wanted to study and swim on the campus. I have been fortunate to have been training with the Performance Team there for a few weeks now and am excited to see where this next step takes me. It's been challenging training with swimmers older than me, but I am enjoying every session.
I've just come back from a two week holiday in Scotland with my family seeing some friends and riding in some beautiful places.We did a tour of Scotland and one of the places we stopped at was Fort William. Fort William is well known for holding World Cup Downhill races and having really tricky and techy downhill runs, so me and my dad decided to give it a go and it was super fun (even the gondola trips up to the top!) absolutely loved riding in so many different places and with my friends and can't wait for racing to start again.
Having hockey moved to stage 4 we are now allowed to have training and games with contact. My first game for Belper HC was a friendly against Repton HC, unfortunately we lost 6-4 but was a good game for all.
I am continuing to train from home which includes a mixture of strength and conditioning sessions and ball work. Recently, my netball club strength and conditioning sessions have restarted after lockdown. With social distancing and COVID precautions in place, it has meant that I have been able to train with some team mates again and it is great feel some sense of normality.
I have also had the opportunity to join a small training bubble meaning that once a week I can meet with my coach and team mates and complete a range of netball drills and fitness so that we are ready to get back to training hopefully later this year.