Back to Training
After spending an incredible month in Sri Lanka volunteering during July, I was itching to get back into training last week and back on the pole.
I was a little worried at how my limited diet of rice and roti along with a vastly reduced training schedule would have affected my strength but fortunately my muscle memory kicked straight back in as I took to the pole at an open competition at Loughborough University on Wednesday and I cleared a comfortable 3m 45cm, so thankfully consistently about where I was at before I went away.
On Sunday I headed up to Wakefield to the Douglas Bedfield Memorial Open and cleared 3m 40cm in hot, sunny conditions to take home the Gold Medal.
There are just two competitions left this season, one back at Charnwood on the 26th August, and then down to London for the Jim Day Event on the 24th September. The aim is to clear 3.60 before we head back indoors so it's back to the gym for some hard sessions for the next few weeks.
After that, it's on to Winter Training at the High PAC for work on strength, conditioning and to start working on technique on my new JHMT pole ready for the start of the Indoors in January.
3 days ago
EYOF Gyor Hungary 2017
What an honor to represent Team GB in the pool. I had a long time to wait as my races were on the last 2 days, which was a physical/mental challenge. Also I was in the youngest age group band. In the 400IM I raced a 4 sec PB, breaking my County Record, moving my position on all time British rankings from 16th to 7th fastest 15 boy. Next day was my 1500 free where I raced a 6 sec PB, breaking my County and East Midlands Records, moving my position on all time British rankings from 5th to 3rd.
6th Aug, 2017
Last but not least
My last swim of the season was the 400 IM at the English Nationals. I swam quite close to my pb in the heats in the morning then waited a gruelling 8 hours for finals qualifying in 3rd position. Very pleased with my race and I got a podium position with a silver medal!
...and now for a well earned rest in the sun with my family before the new season begins at the end of August.
Thank you for your continued support in helping me get to the end of the season and finishing on a high.
3rd Aug, 2017
Great Experience at British Nationals
Last week I swam the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke at the British Nationals at Ponds Forge.
I was extremely pleased with my swims, which were all very close to my pb's and I made finals in all 3 events, this was made more challenging this year being a dual age band 17/18 years.
Best finishing position was 5th in the 200 backstroke. It was an incredible experience yet again to swim at such high level.
3rd Aug, 2017
End of Season 30/07/2017
I now have three weeks off training time to relax,have a holiday and spend some time with family and friends.
I will start back training at Loughborough on August 28th for one week before I travel out to Turkey for two weeks on a training camp getting ready for the new season.
Overall I have had a Brilliant Long Course season dropping below sub 2.30 on 200 Breaststroke,below sub 1.10 on the 100 Breaststroke and a PB on the 50 Breaststroke.
Also a very good short season achieving PB'S on all my Breaststrokes. Achieving Long and Short Course Leicestershire County Records too.
30th Jul, 2017
British Summer Championships July 25th 2017
I travelled up to Ponds Forge Sheffield to compete in 50m, 100m and 200m Breaststroke events.
Tuesday I had the 50m Breaststroke which I made the final for 19 years and over and finished 7th.
Wednesday was my main event the 200m Breaststroke I swam OK in the heat going in 6th fasted.
In the Final 19 years and over I WON A SILVER MEDAL which I was very pleased with.
Sunday was my final race 100m Breaststroke, I was very disappointed with my race but that's swimming for you.
30th Jul, 2017
54th Settecolli Trophy - International Swimming Championships Rome.
I travelled to Rome June 21st to compete at The 54th Settecolli Trophy Championships,where I had entered the three Breaststroke events.
I swam alright but this meet was outdoors and I haven't competed in many competitions outdoors.
I then had three days on a training camp and some time to do some sight seeing.
30th Jul, 2017
Last Wednesday, I had the honour of representing England, running for the England Midlands team in the 110m hurdles at the Welsh International in Cardiff as a result of winning the Midlands Championship last month.
This was my first time at earning a national vest and I had an amazing experience; the event has made me even more eager to earn more national vests and continue to represent my country in the future.
A huge thank you to the Inspire team for gifting me a grant earlier on this year, without their support I would not be at this stage with my athletics!
17th Jul, 2017
Mare Nostrum and British Nationals
I had a wonderful experience at Mare Nostrum, Canet. I competed in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, making the finals in the 200m backstroke.
I made some new friends whilst there and had a very enjoyable experience. My times weren't the fastest but as I wasn't tapered for the races, my coach and I were both happy.
Looking forward and training hard for my main end of season meet, the British Nationals. Taper... here I come!!!
9th Jul, 2017
Less than a week to go and I'll be off to Turkey and the Deaflympics!
Training has been going very well. Since finishing my GCSE's I have been going to the gym most days as well as my normal swimming sessions so I'm feeling fit and raring to go.
I recently competed at the National junior Para's in Sunderland (that was a long journey on a Friday night and Sunday evening!) and came away with 4 PB's along with 4 Gold Medals. It was great to see other deaf swimmers there along with other inspiring swimmers.
9th Jul, 2017