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William Bell

William Bell

Sports

Exciting news

Re: Top 100 rankings 2017 long course swims (as of 18 September 2017) of swimmers from all federations born after Jan 1999. Proud to say that I have broken into the top 100 world wide, for my 1500 free, raced at EYOF Gyor in the summer.

2 days ago

Season over

I can finally say the 2017 season is over!

It's been a season filled with highs and lows, with the disappointment of narrowly missing out on the national final early on in the season and then messing up my race at English schools, I've had to learn to pick myself up and keep on trying. It was amazing to get to compete in my first international event for the England Midlands squad, an honour I couldn't have dreamed of at the start of the season and I will head into winter training this year driven towards bettering my performances next year and hopefully progressing further in the sport.

I am currently on an end of season break to recover before winter training begins on 2nd October, where I will then be looking forward to what I hope will be a successful indoor season!

I would like to say a big thanks to JHMT and the Inspire team for gifting me a grant at the start of the season, I would not be where I am without it!

Thank you!!!

11th Sep, 2017

William Bell

William Bell

Sports

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National School Games Finals 2017

Really enjoyed racing last weekend for Central England. The atmosphere was fantastic in the pool and I was delighted with my gold in the 1500 free. My turns have improved and I was so pleased with the way I paced the race as it was tough so early in the season, which began last week! Am learning all the time and enjoying the 1500 more and more. Also a gold in the Boys 4x200 free relay. Very exciting race!

5th Sep, 2017

Lucy Sharp

Lucy Sharp

Sports

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Deaflympics Turkey 2017

Its is now just over a month since I came back from the Deaflympics that were held in Samsun, Turkey. The whole experience was amazing and I met people from various different countries whilst at the event.

In respect of the swimming, the Olympic pool in Samsun was a great place to swim and the light system used to start races was great help. I achieved personal bests in all my individual events and was also involved in the relays where I achieved personal bests.

I am now looking towards getting selected for the team that will be going to the European Deaf Swimming championships in Poland in July 2018, and am therefore back at training after a few weeks break.

3rd Sep, 2017

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Special Olympics GB National Games Sheffield

I have just come back from the Special Olympics GB National Games in Sheffield. I had a great time and was proud to be representing the East Midlands in tennis. In the singles, I had some very close games and came 4th. In the doubles, my partner and I were ranked in the top group and rose to the challenge to win a bronze medal. I would like to thank the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust for the grant that they gave me for my coaching, which really helped me prepare well for the Special Olympics GB National Games in Sheffield. I am now training for the Southern Region Competition in London and the Tennis Foundation National Learning Disability Championships at Nottingham in October.

29th Aug, 2017

Caitlin Killeen

Caitlin Killeen

Creative Arts

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G?RL is 'Inspired'!

Hi,

Just a teenage girl...trying to figure out how to be one!

My name is Caitlin, and I'm a blogger. My blog is called G?RL.

On my blog I share my experiences of growing up and the challenges I face, at school, at home, anywhere really. This growing up isn't easy, and there's no right way to do it. The blog is called G?RL because I believe that girls have a tough time trying to conform, girls get judged for lots of reasons, how they look, what clothes they wear, what hobbies they have. I'm passionate about equality, and want G?RL to make a difference, I'm going to be selling merchandise from my G?RL range, and I'm going to donate profits to different equality charities around the world, I'm gonna concentrate on those charities that stand up for girls rights, particularly rights to an education around the world. I can't wait to get started, G?RL for all girls who just want to be themselves!

My grant from Inspire has helped my to get my first hat and t-shirt designed! I can't wait to get them online and start promoting G?RL. I met with a great designer from a company called Beanface, we talked through design, materials, price, and how I will run my business, it was great to learn from his experience too!

Thanks Inspire!

Caitlin

25th Aug, 2017

Daisy Barnes

Daisy Barnes

Sports

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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.

16th Aug, 2017

William Bell

William Bell

Sports

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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

Daisy Platts

Daisy Platts

Sports

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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

Daisy Platts

Daisy Platts

Sports

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