Big thank you to JHMT for giving me this grant it will be a huge help in expenses and will help me and my parents to focus more on my swimming enabling me to train harder and achieve higher
3 days ago
Start of the season
Since my last post I have done a 3000m race in Birmingham which I won and also got a new pb by 9 seconds! I was really happy with this. I also have done my first 10km race in Derby where I was 3rd female, I was over the moon with this placing. Thank you so much to JHMT team for the support in enabling me to buy new kit and travel to the races, It has proved very helpful!
13th May, 2018
Busy Busy in Belgium
I am in the thick of the road racing season and it has been going really well. Since my last post I have won a regional race in Witham and have also been travelling to and from Belgium racing. Last weekend I raced a double weekend in a place called Zwevegem and the next day at a town called Waarschoot. We stayed over the bank holiday weekend had time for a recce ride of another race that was coming up. Zwevegem is near Harlebeke. In Harlebeke is the best BBQ shop in Belgium. 2 burgers and a prawn kebab later and my race recovery was well underway. The recce was for a race called Omloop Der Drie Provinces. I was back in the UK for one day of school before it was off again to Belgium for the Omloop. This was an inter-club race that took in some of the great climbs around Oudenaarde. This race was the first time that I had raced up these climbs and the experience was massive. I have a few races coming up in the UK including the Cicle Classic at Melton and then its off to the Netherlands and then down to Spain. I am keeping up with my weight training and I really enjoy it. I have learnt so much about compound movements and its clearly paying off with some great results.
11th May, 2018
Another good time racing at midlands this year for me. Trying to squeeze revision in between my races was fun but nevertheless I was able to perform well, even in the middle of hard training, and its nice to see the hard work from training paying off. I didn't swim many finals due to A-levels and revision, but i did swim the 100fc and came away with 2nd in the open age and fastest 18 year old. I was also a part of the 4x100fc winning relay team and we came 2nd in the IM and 4x200fc relay.
11th May, 2018
Midlands Championships Sprints
Over the last few weeks I have competed in the Midlands Championships at Sheffield. I only swam my main two 50m events so I can focus on getting National qualifying times in these races. In my 50 free and 50 fly I swam 2 great PBs and got even faster again in the final of the fly, where I came out with a Bronze Medal. Overall I am very happy with my performance especially as I am in the Open age group now so the competition is very tough. Training is going great at the moment and as a squad we are organising more long course training and another land session to help on the way up to Nationals in the summer.
8th May, 2018
Overst Road Race, Derbyshire
On Wednesday I competed in the 35 mile road race. There were about 50 riders and I finished 10th.
From quite early on in the race, two riders attacked and formed a break. Another rider tried to cross to them but we caught him. The gap had become too big to bring the other two riders back and they took 1st and 2nd place. The rest of the bunch sprinted and I came 8th in the sprint, 10th overall.
4th May, 2018
Swim Open Stockholm April 5th - 8th 2018
On April 3rd I travelled to Sweden for six days to compete in the Swim Open Stockholm. I entered three events 50m 100m and 200m Breaststroke.
My first event was the 50m Breaststroke where I made the B Final coming in second with a new PB and a Leicestershire Ladies County Record.
Then it was my main event 200m Breaststroke where I made the A final and came 3rd just off my PB my 0.2 but was very pleased with my swim and also winning 100 euro's which will be going toward my flight to the Scottish National in July.
Last race 100m Breaststroke, made C Final as I didn't swim well in the heat but won my Final and was only 0.3 off my PB.
Overall I was pleased with my times over the competition.
23rd Apr, 2018
Swim England Swimming Assistant (Coach )
Over a few weekend in December and January I went on a Swimming Assistant (Coach ) course. My satellite club Loughborough Town had sent out an e mail to see if anyone in the club over 16 was interested.
Some of this course was done on line the rest was done at the Leisure Centre in Loughborough, where I had to take different lanes and different abilities of swimmers each week.
I am pleased to say that I have passed this course and now a qualified swimming Assistant (Coach )
I am also taking my ASA Level 2 Swimming Teacher Course as I work Saturday and Sunday morning teaching young children and adults when I am not competing. Plus some Sunday mornings Lifeguarding.
23rd Apr, 2018
Two weeks ago, I began my outdoor season with a competition at Loughborough. I competed in the 110m hurdles and the 400m, it was a strong start to the season, recording the English Schools qualifying time in the hurdles and also having a solid run out in the 400m.
Yesterday, I competed in another open meet, this time in Kettering. I ran in the 200m and 400m; the 200m came first, and due to the perfect conditions with clear skies and no wind, I was able to run a personal best of 23.2, which is promising at this early stage of the season. Unfortunately, the 400m came less than half an hour after I finished my 200m, meaning I didn't have sufficient time to recover and thus wasn't able to perform to the best of my ability; however, overall, it has been a strong start to the season and now I have the confidence to build on it and hopefully progress with recording more personal bests.
A big thank you to the JHMT team, the new kit I've been able to purchase with the grant has proven to be really helpful!
22nd Apr, 2018
Sheffield Premier Meet
My birthday weekend was spent swimming in Sheffield all weekend, however it was a really good meet for me. The main aim was to get solid times to qualify for nationals in the summer, as i hadn't done in Edinburgh. I achieved all of my main 5 times to qualify for nationals and even swam some different events which was nice. Finished off the weekend with a really strong 100fly just off pb pace which is great as we're in the middle of a tough training cycle.
22nd Apr, 2018