Carys O'Reilly

Sport:
Swimming
Level:
GO GOLD Athlete
NGB:
British Swimming
District:
Hinckley and Bosworth
School:
Bosworth Academy
Achievements from Application:

2nd in GB for 200 Breaststroke, achieved at the British Championships in August 2019

This athlete also receives free leisure facility access from: Everyone Active

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Carys O'Reilly

Carys O'Reilly

GO GOLD Athlete

It snowed ⛄️

1st Feb, 2021

It is cold, but at least it snowed, I think that lightened the mood for everyone. I spent a few hours last week building a snowman with my sister whilst she had a snow day (I know, ridiculous considering she did not have to go anywhere!)
I have my driving test in the middle of April, and I am not able to have any lessons, so hopefully I will still be able to pass, even though I can only practice when it is an essential journey.
Hopefully we can get back to school and swimming soon because this is starting to get repetitive with it being almost the same thing everyday. But we need to stay positive so that we can try to get through the next few months quicker.

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Carys O'Reilly

Carys O'Reilly

GO GOLD Athlete

Lockdown, again

9th Jan, 2021

So, I guess we are back to square one, no school and no swimming.
At the moment, we are doing online school and then zoom workouts before and after school for swimming. Online school is not as bad as I thought it might be but it’s not great and it’s annoying that we can not swim again until maybe the end of March. It’s tough but it just needs to be worked through and hopefully this will be the last time we get put into lockdown 🀞🏻

Carys O'Reilly

Carys O'Reilly

GO GOLD Athlete

December and tier 3

27th Dec, 2020

When we came out of the lockdown we went straight into tier 3, so we can still swim, and hopefully we won't end up going into tier 4. It's so nice to be back in the pool getting back into it and this year has been a massive rollercoaster ride as it is.Most of my mocks went well I should get the results back after the holidays and then I will be able to work on what I need to do better.
I hope everyone has had a good Christmas and here is to a better next year for 2021.

Carys O'Reilly

Carys O'Reilly

GO GOLD Athlete

Lockdown, again!

2nd Dec, 2020

Stopping swimming again was not great, it means that all of the progress we made coming back has been reversed and are now just ahead of where we started. We start back tomorrow night so it will be nice to see everyone again.
I have my mocks at school next week and they need to go well just incase we end up moving to centre assessed grades, so I need to start revising!

Carys O'Reilly

Carys O'Reilly

GO GOLD Athlete

Almost back to normal

26th Oct, 2020

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!

Carys O'Reilly

Carys O'Reilly

GO GOLD Athlete

Finally back in the pool!!

23rd Sep, 2020

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.

Carys O'Reilly

Carys O'Reilly

GO GOLD Athlete

Last few weeks of summer

29th Aug, 2020

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.

Good luck to everyone with their sporting season this year!

Carys O'Reilly

Carys O'Reilly

GO GOLD Athlete

Still in lockdown

17th Jul, 2020

I am still doing home workouts everyday and open water swimming when I can, but I am also meeting up with my friends and seeing people that I haven't seen in a long time. Our pool is in the Leicester lockdown area so we won't be going back until the lockdown is lifted in that area, which is annoying but hopefully it won't be too much longer.

Carys O'Reilly

Carys O'Reilly

GO GOLD Athlete

Open water

18th Jun, 2020

Last week on Friday I went open water swimming with one of my friends. It was freezing! We wore our wetsuits for the majority of the session and then took them off at the end so that we weren’t as restricted with movement. I really enjoyed it and I’m going again on Monday, hopefully it’ll be a little warmer.

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Carys O'Reilly

Carys O'Reilly

GO GOLD Athlete

Lockdown

28th May, 2020

I have decided that it is not too bad being stuck at home. I am still doing 2 workouts and walking the dogs everyday to stay fit. I have to admit that the afternoon one is hard because it is so hot at the moment, but I am still enjoying it.
As I am moving to a new school next year I am being sent work every week, by some of my new teachers, that I have to complete and send in to them. At least it gives me something to do.
Hopefully I should be back in the pool during July which will be good even though it will not be the same as before but at least I will be swimming.

Carys O'Reilly

Carys O'Reilly

GO GOLD Athlete

Doing what I can

26th Apr, 2020

During this time being stuck at home, I've been exercising twice a day, doing the workouts I'm being sent by my coach. The morning workout may consist of a run, bike ride, or a circuit which we complete on our own, and then in the afternoon we participate in a zoom call and do our workout as a group. I enjoy the afternoon work out the most as it's more fun doing it with other people, it also helps to motivate me.
When I'm not exercising I'm either doing some school work or watching Netflix. When it's warm I'll go outside and sit in the garden with my sister. In the evenings if I haven't already been out, i will go on a family dog walk around the village.
I hope everyone is staying safe.

Carys O'Reilly

Carys O'Reilly

GO GOLD Athlete

Coronavirus

29th Mar, 2020

So it looks like the Coronavirus has stopped everything and is keeping everyone inside. It's a little boring staying at home all day but I'm still doing gym work and going on runs so it's not too bad.

Carys O'Reilly

Carys O'Reilly

GO GOLD Athlete

ESSA’s

2nd Mar, 2020

This weekend I competed in the English schools swimming gala for East Midlands. I came 2nd for the 200br in the year 11, 12 and 13 age group because it was in school years. I placed 5th in the 200 fly and then I didn't do very well in the 400IM but I had to forget about that and carry on with the weekend. Overall I really enjoyed the weekend and it was a good experience.

Carys O'Reilly

Carys O'Reilly

GO GOLD Athlete

January 2020

31st Jan, 2020

This month I had my first long course meet of the season. It wasn't the best start to 2020 but hopefully with hard work and training it will get better.
However, I have raced at a few events in the county championships and won gold in the 100 and 50 br in the open age group.

Carys O'Reilly

Carys O'Reilly

GO GOLD Athlete

PB's in the Winter Short course nationals!

16th Dec, 2019

I raced at Winter Nationals in 4 events (100/200 Breaststroke, 200 fly and 400 IM), I was really pleased with my results. I made two Junior finals (aged 18 & under) in the 100 Breaststroke and the 400IM. I achieved really good PB's in both the heats and then again in both the finals, and I was placed 3rd in the Junior final for the 100 breaststroke. I was a bit disappointed I didn't make the final in my key event 200 breaststroke, my time was just about on my pb. For the first time ever, I tried for and qualified in the 200m fly and while I didn't pb at nationals, it was a great achievement for me to just get there. Overall it was a successful meet!

I'm on an England Phase 2 training camp for 4 days 17th - 20th December and I'm really looking forward to it.

Carys O'Reilly

Carys O'Reilly

GO GOLD Athlete

Short Course Nationals

30th Nov, 2019

This month I raced in the city of Leicester and got PB's in the 200fly, 400IM and 200IM getting me into short course nationals for the 200fly and 400IM. This means that I am racing at short course nationals in Sheffield this weekend. I'm racing in the 100 and 200br, 400IM and 200fly.

Carys O'Reilly

Carys O'Reilly

GO GOLD Athlete

Fully back

31st Oct, 2019

We are back underway with training, getting some meters back in, which means long and boring sessions. Not the most exciting sets but the aerobic fitness will help later on in the season.
With midlands this weekend hopefully I'll be able to get some PB's or good swims however it is off the back off a long week so I'm not getting my hopes too high.

Carys O'Reilly

Carys O'Reilly

GO GOLD Athlete

First race

26th Sep, 2019

After a long week of training last week - I think it was the first full week back - I had club champs on Sunday night and I raced in the 100fr and 100fly, I didn't do the best but I wasn't expecting to as we've just come back from having time off.
This weekend we have a sprint meet with Northampton swimming club, that should be fun!

Carys O'Reilly

Carys O'Reilly

GO GOLD Athlete

Back to training

7th Sep, 2019

After a well needed holiday we are now about a week back into training and it's already starting to get hard! Luckily my foot is holding up even though it's a little bit weak. I'm so glad to be back after such a good end to the season last year and looking forward to this season!

Carys O'Reilly

Carys O'Reilly

GO GOLD Athlete

British Nationals 2019

29th Jul, 2019

Extremely happy with how this week has gone. I'm coming away with 3 British medals (2 silvers and a bronze), 3 PB's, and a final in everything apart from 50br.
So buzzing that I now have 4 weeks off until starting again next season, it's been a blast this year! πŸ˜†

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Carys O'Reilly

Carys O'Reilly

GO GOLD Athlete

Nationals!

16th Jul, 2019

Nationals start next week, I'm excited and nervous at the same time! However, the 6 hour drive up isn't sounding too nice 😴

Carys O'Reilly

Carys O'Reilly

GO GOLD Athlete

June

25th Jun, 2019

This month I've been training hard for the lead up to nationals which is in a few weeks.
I also had my RE GCSE which I thought went quite well. I had 3 exams and I'm very happy that it's all over, I can't wait to have the rest next year!

Carys O'Reilly

Carys O'Reilly

GO GOLD Athlete

Qualifying for nationals

28th May, 2019

So I had my last meet to qualify for nationals last weekend, it was East Midlands and I made finals in all 4 of the events that I competed in, taking gold medals in the 100 and 200br, and bronze in the 200IM. I also raced on Monday 6th May at East Midlands where I raced in the 800free and 50br, coming 2nd in the 800 and 1st in the 50. Overall it was a good meet, even though I was just off my PB's I should have qualified for 50br, 100br, 200br, and 400IM In nationals.

Carys O'Reilly

Carys O'Reilly

GO GOLD Athlete

British Champs

27th Apr, 2019

The weekend before last we spent around 6 hours travelling up to Glasgow for British champs. We trained up there on the Monday and I raced Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday training again in between. My first race was 400IM and it was an okay race, it wasn't the best but I wasn't too upset about it, however on the Wednesday I had 200 brs and I really didn't have a good race, it just didn't go very well. I recovered well though as on the Sunday I split a PB at 50 for my 100 brs, and got an overall PB in the heat then the final which I was very happy about.
Now we are training through midlands working our way towards nationals 😁

Carys O'Reilly

Carys O'Reilly

GO GOLD Athlete

Shef prem

2nd Apr, 2019

Another long course meet done! Starting the weekend off on Saturday racing 100br and getting very close to my PB and then 200IM In the afternoon - making finals for both.
The first race for me on Sunday was 200br and the heat swim was good, but with 400IM straight after, meant that it didn't go very well and then stepping into the final, I came out with a 2nd but my time wasn't the best.
With my mock exams this week I'm trying to fit in lots of revising along with homework and training, hopefully they go well! 🀞🏼

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