I have recently returned from Tenerife, where I attended a swim camp as part of my swimming apprenticeship, which I was lucky enough to get selected for in September 2013. Attending swim camps abroad are a great help towards my training programme and this one was one of three that I will be attending this year. Luckily for me, this particular one only cost me £150, the rest of the cost being funded by the Institute of Swimming.
Congratulations to TS5C sponsored Charlie Attwood who won both the U18 50m breastroke final with a new British record time of 29.07, and the U18 100m breaststoke final (a new English record) in 1.03.05 at the British Gas International swim meet in Manchester last week.
He also finished in sixth place finish in the 200m senior breaststroke final, an impressive result for the teenager who was up against two Olympians and five swimmers heading to the Commonwealth Games.
I have had a very busy last few months. I competed at the British Championships Trials in Glasgow and was very pleased with my swims. I managed two silvers and a bronze in the juniors (18 and under), I am still 16 so have a couple more years in the age group so was happy with my performance, only being less than a second behind the winners in all the races and the only 16year old making finals, as well as the only podium breast stroke swimmer to make all three finals!
Following on from this, I have been selected for the team to represent Great Britain in the Junior Europeans Championships in Dordrecht, The Netherlands which will take place in July. I have also competed recently in the South West Regional Championships where I won gold in all three distances for my age and being faster than the 17yrs and over.
I am now busy training hard for my next big meet which is the British Gas International Meet in Manchester in June, in the hope that I can get selected for the World Youth Games In China in August.
British Swimming has announced the Podium and Podium Potential squads of athletes who will receive direct support from UK Sport through the World Class Performance Programme for 2014.
TS5C sponsored Charlie has been selected for the Podium Potential programme, which means he is identified as a potential Olympic medalist of the future.
Charlie Smashes Record - National Swimming Championships
Taunton Deane’s Charlie Attwood set the tone for the evening, claiming gold in the Men’s 15/16yrs 200m Breaststroke on the final day of the British Gas National Championships 2013 in Ponds Forge, Sheffield.
The 15 year old touched in a time of 2:16.08 to convincingly break the British Age Group record in the event – a time which would also have broken the 16 year old Age Group record.