I have just returned from Sheffield after a very successful few days at British Champs.
I had qualified for 4 events - I gained 4 new pb's and secured a place in 2 junior finals, so needless to say I was very happy!
My biggest success was my 200m backstroke, I took almost 2 seconds off my time of last month swimming a 2:15:58 putting me in a much stronger position for British Nationals in July.
I also managed to go sub 30 seconds in my 50m backstroke (Long course) !!
Back to hard training now in preparation for British nationals.
4 hours ago
British Trials 2017
What a week sharing the pool with the top athletes in British Swimming. A true inspiration. Really happy with my swims at this point in the LC season. PB in the 400 free and 200IM. Just over PB but my fastest ever heat swim time in the 200 breast and an amazing 1500 free. Took a massive 18 seconds off my PB, swimming a 15.59, 34 seconds faster than in March at ESSA's! Couldn't be happier to have some solid times posted in the qualifying window for British Summer Champs.
1 day ago
Training update- April
After suffering an injury earlier this year, causing me to be unable to train or compete for nearly 2 months, I am now back to full fitness and training is going well. I have had some recent PB's and I am hoping to continue improving my times over the next few months.
I have the Deaf National age group championships over the Easter weekend... so no relaxing, eating Easter eggs for me! :)
9th Apr, 2017
My Cross Country season 2016/17
Firstly I would like to take this opportunity to thank JHMT for their kind grant and support with my athletic journey it is very much appreciated.
My recent Cross Country has been my most successful yet, it started with a large victory at the Leicestershire and Rutland County's race. Then being the runner-up at the Midland Cross Country in a tough race. I came 15th at the national Cross Country which was a good result but I knew I could do better, which I then proved in the UK inter counties at Nottingham where I came 8th and that topped off a successful Cross Country season.
I am currently ranked 11th in the UK according to this months addition of athletics weekly.
8th Apr, 2017
End of 2016/2017 Season
The last tournament of this years season was completed last weekend. A year on and I am still ranked an F player. However, I am now representing the U16's which means stronger and older players.
My national singles ranking has increased from 402 to 376.
My doubles ranking is now 352 from 458 and my mixed doubles ranking is now 168 from 762.
As you can see, there has been a significant increase in my mixed doubles ranking. This is because my main focus this season has been mixed doubles so I can achieve a similar ranking in all 3 disciplines. This brings me closer to my ambition of reaching international level as I should reach gold standard by the end of next season. Gold standard is the elite level of badminton in the country.
Whilst there have been no major highlights this season, every win is a step forward in the right direction. My goals are within closer reach and I see progress in my skill level and match awareness.
I plan to continue training during the off season with a view of improving my strength and increasing my stamina. This is the only way I can compete with older and stronger players.
JHMT has supported me once again and I cannot thank them enough!
2nd Apr, 2017
City of Sheffield SC Premier Open Meet 2017
Had a great weekend at Ponds Forge racing with my COLSC team mates for the second time in the qualifying window for British Summer Champs. Raced 2 new personal best times in the 200 and 400IM, breaking my own County records in both these events. Raced another qualifying time for the British Champs 2017 in 2 weeks time bringing my total to 5. Pleased with this as this is the first year I have been old enough to race at this prestigious meet.
30th Mar, 2017
ESSA - Liverpool
Had a fantastic weekend in Liverpool with my East midland team mates.
On Saturday I swam the 200m backstroke and 200m IM which I pb'd in and achieved my British qualifying time.
Yesterday I swam the 100m backstroke with a massive 2 second pb and gained my 4th British qualifying time!! Finally I swam the 400m IM with a 7 second pb!!
A great weekend of racing bringing home 2 bronze medals and a gold!
13th Mar, 2017
Edinburgh International Open Meet March 10th - 12th.
Thursday 9th March I travelled to Edinburgh, I had entered 4 events 50m, 100m, 200m Breaststroke and 100m Fly.
First race was 100m Breaststroke which I qualified for the B final and swam a PB which I was pleased with. Saturday was 100m Fly and 50m Breaststroke,both just outside my Pb's.
Sunday was the 200m Breaststroke which I qualified for the A Final, just outside my Pb by half a second but the best time I have achieved in 18 months. I was very pleased with this time as we are still in hard training.
Looking forward now to British Champs in April.
13th Mar, 2017
Great to be racing again
Have spent the weekend racing for East Midlands at the English Schools Inter-divisional Championships at the Liverpool Aquatics Centre. Very pleased with my first races back from injury. Came home as Inter Boys Champion 200 breast (just off my PB). Won bronze in the Men's Open 1500 free and silver in the Inter Boys 200 IM, with a new PB and a new lc Leicestershire County record. Looking forward to racing again at the Sheffield Premier meet in 2 weeks.
13th Mar, 2017
Dave Mccullagh Memorial Meet, Bangor Ireland March 3rd - 5th
On March 2nd I travelled from East Midlands Airport to Bangor Ireland with Loughborough Uni Swim Team.
I entered 4 events over the weekend 50M , 100M , 200M Breaststroke and 50m Fly. I qualified for A finals in all the events.
On Friday I swam the 100m Breaststroke coming 4th in the A Final just off my PB, on Saturday I swam 50m Fly coming 6th and 200m Breaststroke 2nd in the A Final again just off my PB. Sunday was just the 50m Breaststroke coming 3rd in the A Final.
Overall I was very pleased with my swims, looking forward to Edinburgh International meet March 10th - 12th.
7th Mar, 2017