Last summer may have seen Charlotte Henshaw return to her record-breaking best but the Mansfield swimmer insists there is still plenty left in the tank going into this year’s Paralympic Games in Rio.
Henshaw came away from last year’s IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow with a silver medal in the SB6 women’s 100m breaststroke, in the process smashing her own European record with a time of 1:36.94 minutes.
It was one of a number of European-leading times she set in 2015 too, as she also registered new records in the 50m breaststroke and 200m breaststroke.
And while this season promises to be even tougher with the Rio Paralympics on the horizon in September, the 28-year-old Nova Centurion swimmer is confident she has not peaked too early as she aims to improve on her 100m breaststroke silver from London 2012.
“Last season was a great season for me post-trials. I was a bit disappointed with trials but after that I broke my European record three times in three weeks,” she said.
“It was a good boost and hopefully I can push on a bit more this year. I was fourth in Beijing and then I got silver in London and now I want to improve on that again.
“We had quite an early World Championships last year so we were back in the pool quite early and then the Paralympics are quite late so it’s going to be quite a long season.
“I did have a bit of a break over the festive period to recharge slightly and get my mind set for the months ahead.
“We have trials in April which will be a big milestone in the countdown to the Games. It’s just about knuckling down in training now and getting the race prep right. You can’t really afford to look past April.”
Henshaw was speaking as she helped to launch ‘Supercharge ParalympicsGB’ – a new campaign which allows the public to show their support for Britain’s Paralympians over the course of 2016 and beyond through fundraising, donating funds and taking part in dedicated ‘Supercharge’ fan activity.
It is the first time the British Paralympic Association, a registered charity, has launched such a major public facing campaign to generate support and raise funds for ParalympicsGB and Henshaw believes it will prove invaluable in the run up to Rio 2016.
“I think it’s a great idea, with the Paralympics being in Rio this time around, it’s going to be a different experience from London in front of our home fans,” she added.
“So it’s great to try and keep that support and it really helps the athletes so much.
“I think the idea of supercharging, it brings association with superheroes which is what we had around London.
“Any way we can get support to continue that legacy of London the better. Just knowing that you have people rooting for you back home is a big boost.”
You can help #Supercharge ParalympicsGB to Rio 2016 and beyond. Show your support for the team and find out more at www.paralympics.org.uk/supercharge