Candice Hall is 21 years old, from Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire. She's currently studying for a degree at Loughborough College whilst swimming full time at Loughborough University. At the end of December Candice competed in the Winter National Short course meet where she entered the 100 and 200 backstroke events. She achieved two PB's and in the 200 backstroke she broke the Ladies County Record, a record she previously held. This was a nice end to the year. The long course competition season is now underway, and Candice has three competitions coming up these are The Burns Meet 26 and 27 January, BUCS Championships from 15 to 17 February 2019. The third competition is in Edinburgh. It is the Edinburgh International meet which is from 15 to 17 March 2019. In April the British Championships are being held in Glasgow.
Candice said: 'To once again get an Inspire award would help take a lot of pressure off myself, my parents and my grandparents who at the moment contribute a lot towards my activity. To achieve my aim, I need to be fully focused and fully fit and every bit of support helps. I am looking forward to competing in the forthcoming long course meets'
14 hours ago
First training of 2019
This weekend we had our first training of 2019 at Draycote Water Sailing Club, this inland venue provided fantastic training with lots of shifts and gusts that we had to plan ahead for and prepare for. Although the winds were light we got a full days training in on Saturday but unfortunately Sunday came with glassy waters and no wind, this gave us time to plan for the year ahead and do some boat maintenance. It was a great weekend although it lacked wind!
2 days ago
I have recently competed in the first two weekends of the Leicestershire age groups and swam a few great times for this stage in the season. Training has began fully again and we are working hard towards bigger events such as British Champs and Edinborough Interantional in a few months. I came away with many medals and some promising near PBs which puts me in good stead for the future.
3 days ago
2019 Inspire Award
Thank you to the Judges for awarding me a grant once again for the coming year. This award will help me tremendously with my swimming. I have several competitions coming up, one in Edinburgh and I will be flying there so this money will be very useful. Entries into competitions, plus accommodation can be very expensive, especially if I enter several events.
My next competition is on 26 and 27 January at Ponds Forge, following this I will be swimming for Loughborough University in the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) from 15 to 16 February. Loughborough has always been very successful in this competition winning the overall trophy as well as the women's and men's one. In Edinburgh, I will be competing in the Edinburgh International Meet which draws swimmers from abroad. This is from 15 to 17 March.
I have one more competition planned at the moment and that is the British Swimming Championships to be held in Glasgow from 16 to 21 April. Entries into this competition are £13.00 per entry and if I decide to fly to Glasgow, there will be the expense of the flight, plus accommodation costs. Without any support, I would have to rely on my parents to help with the costs involved. Receiving an award from Inspire makes a big difference, knowing that they support you in your sport. I always take time in any competition to encourage any young swimmers who sometimes are competing for the first time.
Once again, I would like to say thank you for giving me this award.
6 days ago
Back to College
Back to studies and basketball at college and straight into a game on 9th January against Upper School Academy, Bury St Edmunds. The score was 71 points to 50 to them but we thought that we put in a good performance as they were a very good side and are high up in their league having at least one under 18 England player on court. We started slowly and let them get a good lead but then attacked them hard so they had to turn to defence to keep us out. My defence and offence were good and I played with competitive aggression scoring 10 points and getting six rebounds and 3 assists. My court time was 29 minutes out of the 40 minute game and I feel that my increasing fitness and experience is giving Coach increasing confidence in my ability. I think that my team mates are getting more confident in my ability which is allowing me to be more vocal on court.
14th Jan, 2019
Started a new term at college and back into studies and basketball. First game of 2019 on 9th January was against Upper School Academy, Bury St Edmunds. It was are hard game especially after a two week break over Christmas and they won 71 to 50 points. We felt that our performance was good against a team high up in their league and having an under 18 England player on court. I scored 10 points got 6 rebounds an three assists and felt that my energy, competitive aggression, defence and offence helped to change their strong start into a more defensive one. My 29 minutes court time of the 40 minute game show me that my fitness and the coaches trust are improving.
14th Jan, 2019
I have spent the money received on a cyclocross coaching course, at the end of June. I'm really looking forward to it as it is my favourite discipline to race. Thanks once again
13th Jan, 2019
Yesterday, on the 12th, I took part in my first indoor competition of the season. I competed in the 60m hurdles at an open meet at Loughborough University; it was my first outing at my new age group, under 23s, over the full height hurdles (3ft6) and I came away with a time of 8.76s which I was reasonably happy with for my first time. I am now looking forward to working on fine tuning my performance as the indoor season continues and hope to come away with more personal bests as I become more accustomed to racing over the senior height.
13th Jan, 2019
Awesome news!!! The end of 2018 heralds a new beginning for January 2019...
Turned 16 and finished December with my highest ranking to date! Currently placed 111 Nationally in all age groups (a jump of 109 places) and 20 in U18's (a jump of 40 places). My next target is to be in the top 10 in my age group.
Credit due to JHMT for their valued contribution.
11th Jan, 2019
Flanders Cup, Antwerp
In exactly one week I will be flying to Brussels with 17 other swimmers to compete at the Flanders Cup. This will be my first long course meet of 2019. The squad is made up of 3 swimmers from the Swim England Performance Squad, British and Scottish Swimming squad members. I think I will be the youngest again although it is my 17th birthday on the Saturday of the competition. This is a 'process' meet so it's more about an improvement in technique and stroke management than times so it will be interesting to hear the Head Coach report when it's over. Am excited as I will be swimming my favourite events, 400 800 and 1500 free.
10th Jan, 2019