Last weekend was the big competition we’ve all been training towards. It was the English Schools Swimming Association’s national competition and I was a member of the team representing the north west.
Out of eight regions we eventually came fourth, and although we just missed a medal we were all pretty happy with the result.
I was really pleased with my own performance – I was second in the 200 metre butterfly, which is my No 1 stroke, and I was third in the 100 metres butterfly. That meant was up on the podium twice to receive my medals from the Mayor of Liverpool.
The other team members did pretty well too. Quite a few got podium finishes and recorded personal best times, so the whole weekend was a great success for the north west region. Big thanks to Reaseheath for sponsoring my entry fees!
My next major competition is the British Championships in Sheffield at the end of April. I’m doing the 100m fly and 200m fly and I’m doing a gala later this month in Liverpool to try and gain my 50m target time which will let me qualify in that race also. My current time is just 0.1 sec short of qualifying!
The British Championships will be the toughest competition for me this year because I’ll be competing against the best swimmers in the country. You get the Olympians competing there because, based on the results, teams will be selected for the Commonwealth Games and other international competitions.
So for me training continues as usual, and I’ll probably increase my running now that the days are getting longer. But I’ll still be training in the pool about 18 hours a week.
We’re still working hard at college with a fair few assignments to complete, and I’m hoping to finalise the arrangements for my three week work experience over Easter.
We’ve just learned about sports massage and we’ve been practising on some of the adventure sports students. We’ve also just completed a qualification in First Aid, all very useful to add to your CV!