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I am thankful that Tennis is a sport that at the moment is playing in some form during this tough times. I Played in an U16 National Event in Bolton loosing a close 1st match to the UK ranked no 10 boy, 7-6 7-6. I then managed to win two tough matches to get to the consolation draw final. I then got a late call up to play the U18s National event after sitting on reserve. I won my first so got to the last 16 of players where I lost to a player 3 years older than me and ranked no 28 in U18s. It was a good learning experience. Today (Halloween) I have just won a Mens Regional Event in Hull. So onwards to some more training and hoping the proposed UK ITF events will take place at Loughborough University and Stirling for Elite Tennis players to play.
Still in full training with no races to date. Cannot wait to race again.
This month I have been lucky enough to visit some Universities that I am interested in to study and swim at next year. My first visit was to Bath University which I really enjoyed. The next visit was to Loughborough which was also amazing. I would be very lucky to be accepted to either of these 2 Universities as both have very good swimming groups.
I have been away to Turkey for Authorpedic corrective treatment for 5 weeks, I have also been keeping up with my training while I was away.
Coming back to a second lockdown does not stop me from carrying on my training, in this particular situation we all have to be as normal as we can we hope that the situation can change soon, I look forward to the day that we can train and compete again.
Meanwhile we have to keep our head up high stay strong and most importantly keep safe.
After a short break it's back to the grind and the heavy winter training, though at the moment there doesn't seem to be any races to target through these winter months. The main target will always be next year but the training through the winter months will be key to developing into a stronger, more competitive athlete.
I was slightly nervous but still excited to be racing again at a national but with so much uncertainty about my own form and how the others would be after lockdown. There was a massive field of entrants which is good for cylo cross but even more reason for my nerves with 53 other competitors. The weather couldn't have been wetter and the course became incredibly slippy before my race but I tried my best and came away with a second place. I am very pleased with that and it shows how hard I have worked to get this fitness level but I won't rest I am now focusing on skill as well as strength to improve my performance and I look forward to the next national race in December.
At the start of the month I took my first trip up to the Nation Cycling Centre in Manchester since lockdown.
It was great to be back there and back at indoor BMX track again.
The facility was very well and clean, also it had very good social distancing measures at all times on and off the track. This reassured the safety for all of the bike riders there and helped us focus on our riding more.
It was good to see some of the riders I haven't been able to see or ride with for many months due to lockdown and to also get some great training in with them.
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I have been very happy over the past month being allowed to get back to nearly full time training, and increasing my aerobic capacity. I have ben working on my stroke to try and get it back to where I left off before the lockdown, by using a snorkel this is allowing me to concentrate on my hand placement and my head position. In training we have also been doing some race style situations making us get used to the dives and fast swimming which has increased my confidence over the last couple of weeks, seeing the times decrease and stroke get better.
I am still training super hard and enjoyed my half term with extra training but I have heard a glimmer of hope that we may be getting some competition soon so fingers crossed 🤞
The national league season has started and my club Barford Tigers have had quite a successful start winning 3/4 games. I would say this is quite good as we have had some tough games back to back against good teams. I am looking forward to November when there is the next England u18 training camp.
As we near the end of October I am now back to full training, nine swim sessions a week!, land training continues at home but hopefully it will be poolside sometime soon. My fitness is increasing fast and it is good to be competing against my squad mates although I am looking forward to competing at future open meets whenever that may be. For the time being all of my focus is on training hard and constant technical improvement.
With the short summer season this year winter training has been even harder however next week I will be heading indoors to finally get out of the rain!
Indoor training brings with it new challenges, however it is my favourite part of my season where we can begin to really work on the technicalities of my jumping.
I’m looking forward to getting back on the High jump bed and hopefully seeing some progress.
This month I did my first laser qualifier at Weymouth. Unlike the nationals it was light winds which I am better in so this was a really good event for me. It didn't start off very well with a couple of low postitions however the rest of the races went well. I finished 40th overall and first under 17 girl although it was close. For my second national laser event, I'm really pleased with how I performed and it's great to see progress from my last event even within a few weeks. I'm looking forward to doing more events both nationally and locally and hopefully improving even more.Photo credits: @g_altham_photography (instagram)
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With England hockey still saying that hockey can be played the season has fortunately gone ahead. Training outside of hockey has not been as often due to hockey training becoming more frequent however I am still able to manage around 1-2 extra gym sessions on top of hockey sessions twice a week and a league game at the weekend.
No photos unfortunately but so happy to be on court again and doing some proper training, we do have to wear a mask though which makes it so hard to breathe but I'll prefer to wear a mask then not train at all.
As Loughborough students 1st team, in the national league, we have had a very strong strong start to the season, winning 5 from 5, putting us top of the league so far. However the game this weekend was cancelled as we were playing Cardiff, but they were unable to play because of the Wales lockdown.
I havent had any more England camps since my last blog, but we have a couple trial camps in November.
We are almost back up to 9 sessions, (missing the Friday morning at the moment which I don’t particularly mind😬) and, so far, I haven’t had to isolate from school or swimming.
We have had a couple of topic tests/ mocks at school over the past couple of weeks and I have the maths ones this week which I hope go well 🤞🏻
Last week I completed a lifeguarding course so hopefully I will be able to get a job soon so that I can pay for a car!
Hello. I hope you are all doing ok? I still have no competitions in sight with everything still cancelled. It's strange to train without a definite date for a competition as a target. But I'm just happy to be training, and very lucky to still manage to train at my gym with my coach and fellow gymnasts. I'm keeping busy and focusing on some routines for future competitions and making those gains.
For the past few weeks i have finally been able to train to the new normal and inside! I had trials for Loughborough Lightning u19 which i am yet to hear back from…it feels fantastic to get back to things!
I am still training hard and have a few more trials coming up so fingers crossed 🤩
Hope everyone is keeping well and safe
Training is going really well and I have had a really good first block of winter training so far. I feel fitter and stronger than ever before and and really enjoying my training programme. Big thanks to GoGold at LRS for the ongoing support – it really is invaluable and makes a huge difference to me.
I have now started regular weekly training with my club (outside) and had my first match at the weekend! We won! Regional netball League starts next week (again outside) I'm so looking forward to be back playing regularly! New outdoor trainers purchased!! Ihave my place in wasps for next season also so am waiting for wasps to begin training next ( although in Coventry so that dependant on lockdown etc). I'm back studying sports science at college and life gradually getting back to normal .
One month into winter training and things are looking great! I'm feeling the best I've ever felt and feel like that's reflected in my training. Me and my coach are focusing a lot on trying to stay healthy and illness free to continue training and the way training is going had left us very excited with what's to come for the indoor season!
I have been training hard with my coaches on court and working really hard on my fitness.
I am enjoying my once a week training at the National Badminton Centre with England Coaches Kat Hurrell and Julia Quinn.
This month at the England Junior Apprentice Training I have had the chance to work with 2 senior singles players Abigail Holden and Grace King. They have both taught me a lot and passed on their knowledge for me to improve my game.
Thank you to Leicestershire and Rutland for the support.
My training has been going really well this month and I have been making great progress in my times both on the water and the rowing machine. I have a couple of upcoming tests on the rowing machine to submit data for GB U23s and I am feeling confident that I should be able to get some good PBs! Unfortunately, it is unlikely that I will be unable to attend any on water races until 2021. However, I have been very lucky to do some very competitive training pieces every Sunday, racing some of the male scullers at the club and both my coach and I have been very happy with the times I have been posting!
We are now allowed to play netball indoors in either bubbles of 6 or as an under 18 group. It's so great to be back on the court. I've now completed trials for U19 Loughborough lightning which were really fun and was great to see team mates again.
I have also been invited to England Roses academy trials for the 2020/21 season which is an amazing opportunity that I'm so grateful for. With that in mind I am making sure that I keep up with my training schedule so that I am ready for the trials next month.
Hope everyone is safe and well.
This month I have been keeping up my training and focusing on improvement areas so that when we get the good news that tournaments and matches can start again Im ready for it. We don't know when this will be but have to be ready for anything. Fingers crossed it won't be too far in the future. Thank you LRS for the continued support and funding throughout these difficult months.