The British National Swimming Championships took place at Ponds Forge, Sheffield from July 28th to August 1st. The format of the competition has changed this year with only the 24 fastest swimmers in each event qualifying for the Championships. Whereas in the past swimmers achieved their place by meeting entry times, they now have to be ranked in the top 24 within a qualifying window of 11 weeks.
"Well its been a real tough year I have to admit!!! Following a fantastic 2013 with qualifying for European Youth Olympics with Team GB, I came away with a Silver and a Bronze medal in 2 relays and PB’d in all my events. 2014 has been a year with lots of general illness, I seemed to pick up everything and also had various gym injuries.
My fitness and technique suffered as my training was constantly interrupted. I hit a low in May, but continued to work as hard as I could determined to get myself back on track. I went to UK Nationals in Sheffield in August and although I didn’t PB on my best ever times, I have come away feeling really positive and motivated as every race I swam was a big improvement on where I was in May.
I am going to Sainburys UK School games in September and have also been selected by the ASA for the Inter Counties in the Autumn. I am excited to see where this next season takes me, I have learnt a lot about myself in the last 12 months and want to take this forward. Fingers crossed for next year.
"Thank you so much for my top up grant. I can’t tell you what a help this is.
I have been hit with a lot of illness and a muscle injury which cost me dearly at the recent Glasgow British Championships. This season will be a real test for me as I have to work hard at recovering my fitness for the National Championships in July whilst also taking various GCSE’s at school.
I am very keen and determined to get back on track and I think this will be a good test for me as it is something that lots of athletes go through and learn from.