In April I travelled to Glasgow with my coach Glenn Smith ready for the Commonwealth Trials.
I was fortunate to get a few days training in at the pool in Tollcross before it was my race day for the trials, so I was able to get a feel for the pool which is always a positive! I must say the pool is fantastic!
The event for my classification at the Commonwealth Games is the S8 200 IM which is the event I am current European, World and Paralympic Champion in, so it meant a lot to me to achieve the qualification standard!
My heat and Final went well and I was able to swim 7 seconds under the Qualification time! So a job well done, and this then left me with an anxious wait until the Team was selected and announced 2 weeks later. It’s an awesome feeling to be selected to represent England!!
Following on from the Commonwealth trials I then had three days further training in Glasgow followed by four days racing again, this time the Para International Championships, a qualification meet for the IPC European Championships .
The IPC European Championships are in Eindhoven in August this year, 1 week following the Commonwealth Games, so busy times ahead!! :)
I raced all my 3 events at the Trials – 200 IM, 400 Free and 100 Backstroke – and posted qualification times, and was later that week confirmed on the GB Team for Eindhoven. Very happy!!
Well that was 2 weeks hard work , but it didn’t finish there as the following day I flew to Berlin in Germany with a group of selected GB Para swimmers to compete at the German Open Championships.
I was pretty tired at this stage but wanted to test myself and see what I could do. I swam 8 individual events over 4 days so with heats and finals, that was a fair few races!!
I was able to swim my events and also do a few different ones which proved to be quite successful!
I swam the 200 Freestyle and broke the World Record in the Heat and again in the Final…an awesome feeling and even more so in the tired state I was feeling!
I broke the British Record in the 50 Backstroke, personal best in the 50 Free and what was pleasing after 3 weeks hard racing, I swam on my PB for my main events!
After flying back home I was given a very welcome week off so lots of rest and recovery for me that week.
I returned back to training very happy knowing I would be heading to both the Commonwealth Games and European Championships this summer, and determined to do my best.
Every session counts now and all is going well with my coach in the pool and also my Gym coach too.
In 2 weeks time I head off to Cyprus for a GB Training camp and this will be vital in my preparations…oh and a good bit of sun too I hope! :)
Well I will close for now but hope to catch up nearer the Games!