- GO GOLD Athlete
- British Swimming
- Loughborough College
- Achievements from Application:
Bronze (3rd) at the British Summer Nationals in 800m freestyle
This athlete also receives free leisure facility access from: Leicester City Council
Over the past month I have been going on runs every other day to maintain my aerobic endurance and also my determination, we have also heard that pools will be opening up in April which I am happy about and also looking forward to Brtitish trials where I have qualified for the 200, 400, 800 and 1500 frontcrawl. I have started doing lots of pand work to trya and strangthen my muscles and make them ready for the time when I get back into the pool.
In this past month I have been having to do core work and land work aswell since the pools are shut which is really disapointing but I am trying to keep my spirits high. The core work is hard but is keeping me motivated to keep fit and prepared for when we are allowed back into the pool.
The past month has been really exciting for me because I can finally get back into the water after the month off of swimming due to the lockdown restrictions set by the government. I have been trying hard in every session to increase the endurance and get myself prepared for the new year and hopefully the competitions that are coming up in the future. I have also aided my training with core work which will hopefully keep my body position in the correct place when swimming for longer distances.
This past month I have not been allowed to swim due to the national lockdown but it hasnt kept me from keeping myself fit. I have been doing running and also turbo training with my bike which allows me to keep myself fit and also determined to get back into the pool as fit as when I left. I am starting back swimming on friday which I am looking forward to and hopefully I will still be keeping the same times in training which will help me with the rest of the season. I am also very happy to find ou that next year british champs are going to take place in London like they were going to this year.
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.
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.
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.
Over therpast month I have been increasing the amount of open water swims I am doing to keep my aerobic endurance up, every session I try and do as many laps as possible within the given time allowed. I have also been working on my core to keep strength in that section of my body to allow for better movements in the water. I have trying to keep fit with the food I am eating and trying to watch my weight waiting to get back into the pool. I am feeling happy and motivated because we have had news about the pools opening up again which I am really happy about.
The past month I have tried a new experience which is open water swimming, I have never wanted to try this but decided a couple of weeks ago to give it a go because of the need to swim in some sort of water. I swam two weeks ago managing to do three laps which came to 1200 metres, but recently swam for 5600 metres which was a great improvent and looking forward to going back to the pool where I can see the bottom of the pool.
In the last couple of weeks I have been trying to do alternatives to my normal swimming schedule. I have been becoming stronger and believe that my training is paying off with my stamina and also power, this in turn has made me feel more confident within myself as an athlete. I have also received some of the grant from the Go Gold team which I cant thankyou enough, this money will pay for an outdoor pool which will allow me to keep the feel of the water when out of the sport for such a long time.
Over the past month I have gone through alot of emotions from the cause of covid-19. I had to come to the realisation that all of my hardwork for the British summer trials werent going to be paid off this year, but hopefully in the future. I have been doing exercises with my club on an online chat group which allows us to communicate to eachother about certain exercises we should be doing. I have also been going for a run every other day trying to keep my fitness and stamina which I need for long distance swimming, also I have been doing other core exercises which wil help bring my pull and kick together to make an even more efficient stroke when I finally get back to swimming.
This past month I have been training hard to get myself over an illness. Fortunately, this past week I have felt that I have got back to my previous fitness which allow me to swim faster in competitions, this has made me feel more confident about myself and hopefully ready for some meets coming up in the next month including British Champs which is one of my biggest meets of the season. Next weekend I am swimming at the Putteridge open meet where I will be swimming the 1500m freestyle; this will be the first 1500 long course of the season and will give a good indication of areas of improvement.
This past month I have been training hard in preparation for the upcoming races which I have at the end of the month and also for the next couple of months where I have some big competitions. The past couple of weeks I have unfortunately had a cold which has hindered my training but I am getting back to fitness. Last weekend I participated in the 800 freestyle at counties where fortunately I finished first with a twelve second personal best, and become the open county champion.
In the new year I have competed in the LASAs where I swam the 200 freestyle short course so far and did a 0.3 personal best which is was happy about, I was also awarded the senior county champion for the 200 freestyle as well. this weekend I will be competing at Sheffield, doing the Burns meet which is my second long course competition of this season. I will be competing in the 100 free, 200 free, 400 free and also the 200 butterfly which I am looking forward to. In the 400 free I will be trying to get the qualifying time for champs in April ( I am only 0.3 off getting the time), this will give me 3 qualifying times in total so far. The start of the new year has been good so far with my times increasing and my self esteem improving day by day.
Last month I participated in the Winter short course nationals where I competed in the 400 free, 200 free and the 1500 free. I was very happy about all of the races but the main race I was excited about the result from was the 1500 freestyle. I went a 15.58 which was a personal best and the first time I have been under the 16 minute mark which is a big achievement for me. In the other 2 races I didn't do a personal best but I was less than a second off each one which is better than where I was last year. I also worked up till Christmas doing very hard training sessions, one of them was 18x800. I personally believed that this was the best short course season I have done in the last couple of years.
I have finished all of the competitions that will allow me to qualify for the winter English National championships and fortunately I have qualified for 3 races. These races are the 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle and the 1500 freestyle which all three I am looking forward to competing in. In this last half a month I have been tryng to push myself in training so that the rewards will pay off in the races. Also I will have a grueling regime of training which will be a large amount of distance before I break up for the christmas break.
For this past month I have been trying hard to increase my aerobic capacity and feel more confident within myself. I have secured some more winter national times and hope that I will get a couple more this weekend at the short course midlands.
At the moment in training I am getting my underwater better and my fitness which I will need to have a lot of in the back end of the season.
Fully back into the new season's training now and am working really hard to regain my fitness from the end of last season and the post nationals break. I have competed in a couple of early Short Course competitions and am pleased with my form and speed.
Last month I competed in my last race of the season at the English summer championships. I raced the 200 freestyle and did a 1 second personal best to make it into the final which I was happy to qualify for. In the final I did another 1 second personal best from the heats, and overall came 6th for my age group.
Last month I competed in the British nationals, which is my big end-of-season meet.
I competed in the 400, 800, 1500, 4x200 and 4x100 freestyle races. In the 400 freestyle I did a 5 second personal best and also qualified for the final and came 9th overall for my age group. In the 800 freestyle I came third in my age group and took 13 seconds off my personal best. In the 1500 freestyle I came 5th overall in my age group and dropped my personal best time by a further 5 seconds. In the 2 relays we did a team personal best and qualified for both finals in which we came 2nd for the 4x200 and 6th for the 4x100.
Overall this year I have shocked myself as to how well I have done following my injury, but I feel much stronger now and better prepared for next season.
All of the meets to try and qualify for nationals have finished. I have qualified for 1500,800 and 400 freestle in British nationals and 200 freestyle in English nationals.
I have also nearly finished my GCSES which allow me to train more and have more energy to train really hard leading up to nationals which I am looking forward to competing in.
I have been training really hard recently so that I can get as many summer national qualifying times as possible,I also competed in the distance and sprint East midlands championships to renew some older times. I also participated in the 4x200 freestyle relay team for City of Leicester (overall we came third).
I have also been trying to get in as many races before I start my GCSEs so that I can concentrate on revising, I will also be taking part in the East Midlands championships to get more times for nationals.
I am very thankful to receive funding again this year from LRS which will be put to good use whilst swimming over this season.
At the moment I am leading up to the East Midlands championships working hard to achieve qualifying times for nationals in the summer.
I have been training hard over the winter break and making sure that my technique and endurance is up to scratch.
I competed in the Burns meet this weekend and participated in 3 races; 200 butterfly, 400 freestyle and 100 freestyle. All of which I achievede a personal best in.
I have been training hard and pushing myself to the limit ready to compete in ireland next month.
Last weekend I competed in the Winter nationals. I qualified for the 1500 freestyle and the 400 freestyle.
In the 400 freestyle I did a 4.05 which is a 6 second personal best, I also did the 1500 freestyle which I am disapointed in but I am still recovering from the summer and taking every negative as an area to improve on.
I am training hard to be ready for the new year and the county age groups.
I have also been selected to represent the East midlands team in Ireland in february.