- GO GOLD Ambassador
- British Swimming
- Rawlins Academy, Quorn
- Achievements from Application:
- Broke longstanding (2009) British 17yr Male Age Group Record, racing a World Junior qualifying time.
- Selected for the GB team swimming at World Junior Swimming Championships.
This athlete also receives free leisure facility access from: Charnwood Borough Council & Fusion Lifestyle
Bearing in mind the challenging circumstances we all find ourselves in currently, I was so grateful to be invited to attend this meet, this weekend. It felt amazing to be back racing in this competitive environment. The event was very, very carefully run under strict COVID protocols throughout, due to rigorous pre-meet collaboration between partners including British Swimming, Manchester City Council, GLL and the City of Manchester Swim Team (COMAST). Thank you so much to them all. I raced the 400 free and got a PB, getting a place in the final. The next day the 1500, bit over my PB but work in progress and finally the 200 free which I hadn't raced long course since May 2019, again a little over my PB but this was a process meet and so I was very happy with my times and my progress.
Wishing everyone at Go Gold and all the sponsored athletes a healthy, happy and successful 2021
Very happy with the end of 2020 timed races in the pool at Loughborough last week, which will be the foundation moving into 2021. It felt SO good to put my race suit on again. Raced a massive personal best time in both my favourite events, the 800 and the 1500 free so things are moving in the right direction. Lots to build on but so happy with my new gym and pool programme. Praying that we will be able to compete internationally again asap in 2021. And so, I wish everyone at Go Gold continued success in 2021 and a very happy Christmas to you all.
Great to have a date on the calendar for next year and a goal to work towards 🤞 British Swimming have announced that the Champs will be held down in London in April 2021. Training has been going well and I am really looking forward to the new year. Will definitely miss racing at the Swim England Winter Champs before Christmas though. It was always great fun.
Happy to blog that training and studying at Loughborough are going well. Sometimes it's tricky to juggle my lab times with training but on the whole it's working ok. I have had an opportunity to race a couple of times, firstly at the traditional Loughborough Challenge 50, an internal 'meet' to start the season, where I posted some decent sprint times for a distance swimmer!!! And currently racing weekly as part of the University Swimming League, against other Universities around the country. Each University swims the same events in their own pools, and post times onto the league table. Great fun and great to get the race suit back on. Thanks again to Go Gold for your amazing support.
Ordinarily at this time, young swimmers identified by Swim England, would be meeting regionally for a learning and engagement day. COVID has meant that these camps were unable to take place face to face. However, Swim England pulled together to organise a remote way of delivery and invited me to participate in Q&A sessions. So happy to have played a small part today and hope the swimmers enjoyed it as much as me.
I moved into the Elite Athlete block on the Loughborough campus on 30 August and its been a fantastic experience meeting the other athletes representing a range of sports. I am now living with another swimmer, a hockey player and a triathlete. Although I had been training with the squad for a few weeks, our season officially started on Sept 3. Great to be in the pool working hard and also in the gym, which is new for me and a challenge!!! Not doing too bad on the cooking front either ha! Many thanks to my coach at COLSC, Jamie Evans and my new coach Andi Manley, for helping make the transition smooth. Very excited about my future.
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.
Well the great news for the lucky swimmers is that indoor pools can open from today! That's the good news, the bad news is that Braunstone pool is still in Leicester lockdown. And so I will keep doing what I have been doing since March, staying fit and motivated for the new normal. I have been fortunate to be able to swim in a spa pool at My Spa in Rothley which has helped me keep my feel for the water. Open Water swimming has been fun and I have maintained a healthy diet throughout. Stay safe everyone.
Open Water swimming!! Never thought I would say it, but actually it's not too bad. Have enjoyed a few sessions now trying to improve on how many circuits of the course I can complete each time. Have a few more booked this week and keeping my fingers crossed for an announcement as to when our pools can reopen safely.
Training at home has been going well, biking, rowing, stretching, weights etc but I have to admit now that I am counting down until I can get back into a pool, however the new 'normal' will look. I have been lucky enough to swim in a spa pool and this week have managed to get a much sought after open water slot. Wishing all the athletes competing at the Virtual School Games the very best of luck. Have fun and keep smiling all
A massive thank you to all at Go Gold, for my grant, which arrived today. Training has been going well but have to admit to missing the water and especially racing more than ever now.
Although it's tough and I am missing the pool and my squad, I have settled into a routine now to maintain my fitness. Outside of the sessions my Coach is sending through, I am trying to mix it up a bit and have some fun. I love basketball and the hoop in the back garden has seen some action!!! Still enjoying getting out on my bike and the weather last week was great for the longer distances. Dodging the showers currently! Stay safe everyone
Firstly, thanks Go Gold for your continued support. It means a great deal. With no pool to swim in, the current challenge is to maintain fitness and flexibility. My coach has been fabulous and I am in daily contact with my squad. Swim England Performance have stepped in, working hard to look after us all, physically and mentally. There are no shortage of ideas for workouts shared on social media, with athletes from all sports being creative with limited resourses. We are all in this together. Besides the daily circuit training, I am enjoying my bike rides and practicing my cooking skills ready for when I go to University. I am also teaching myself to play guitar for relaxation and using my time to rest, reflect and regroup so that when I can get back in the water, I am ready. So stay safe everyone and keep sharing.
Below is a message I posted on Friday after a very difficult day. Firstly Friday was my last ever day at Rawlins after A levels were cancelled. Then Friday evening, potentially my last training session at City of Leicester SC after 7 brilliant years. However, there are people all over the world who are in worse positions, so it's time to be strong mentally and physically and readjust. Whilst I have no pool time, I have plenty to do at home to stay fit and our coaches are sending through daily fitness challenges. Stay safe and healthy everyone and once again, thank you Go Gold for your continued support.
Training has been going well in preparation for the next big meet of my season, the Sheffield Premier Open, at the end of March. The British Champs follow in April in London. However plans could all change any time soon as we all know and it's out of our control. So, it's head down for now and fingers crossed that I will have a pool open to train in.
Last weekend I travelled to Luxembourg with the Swim England Performance Squad to compete long course for the first time in 2020. Unrested, my races were a bit off my times. However I have been making positive changes in the pool and the gym and am currently readjusting to these. I did however manage to come home with a bronze medal for my swim in the final of the 200IM, a race I really enjoyed and only just off my current PB time, so that was encouraging. Back to the pool now for some solid work.
Wishing everyone at Go Gold a very Happy Christmas and a big thanks for your support in 2019. Just 3 more sessions until my Christmas break and then I return to training on the 28th for the all important long course season. Have a feeling tomorrow morning is going to be a big set!!! 🤔👍
After the excitement of the 400IM final last night, Saturday was the 1500 free where I raced a new lifetime best, again breaking my own county record and gaining a bronze medal in 18u. On the last day, Sunday, I raced the 200 free, going under 1.50 for the first time (1.49.24), again a new lifetime best. Lots to improve on going into the all important long course season. Am off to train in Swansea this week, which I am super excited about and then I will race the 400 free long course at the Northampton meet before my Christmas break.
So pleased with my results at the Champs as we did not rest or taper for the meet and so my goal was to follow my process targets, relax and not bother too much about the outcome. Great to race this meet, which I missed last year as I was in Japan with British Swimming. I had 2 events on the first day: 200IM (1st in the Youth 18u final in a lifetime best time), 400 free (silver in the Open final in a lifetime best time). Friday was the turn of the 400IM. I qualified fastest into the Open final and had a really exciting race, being pipped to the post by .11 second but in a new, massive lifetime best time, beating my own Senior Leicestershire County Record
Last night was a great celebration of the sporting talent in the Charnwood district. It was really interesting to hear the stories of all who were nominated for awards, not just the athletes but the amazing volunteers and support staff. Thank you to Loughborough Town SC, my base club and to Rawlins Academy for my nominations for Junior Sportsperson of the Year.
City of Leicester hosted their annual short course meet last weekend and some big names from the Loughborough National Centre came along to race. I especially enjoyed my 200 breast, racing a new PB and bettering my Leicestershire Senior County Record. I was generally pleased with all my events as we are in a period of hard training now for the end of the short course season. Looking forward to the Swim England Winter Nationals at the beginning of December.
A word of thanks for the second half of my funding which arrived last week. Funding makes a massive difference, especially with the Winter Nationals coming soon. Training is going well and I had some great races at the recent Midlands Short Course Champs 2019. Very pleased with HOW I swam my races as I have been working very hard on my process. Lots to improve on obviously but all is well.