We are sponsoring Mark Deans, a young champion open water swimmer from Glasgow who will be blogging for the next few months about his competitions this year and his progress towards his ultimate goals of the World Championships in 2017 and Commonwealth Games in 2018.
We are also sponsoring Andrew Mullen, a young Paralympian swimmer also from Glasgow who is competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio in September. Andrew's previous blogs from April to June detail his progress up to his Rio qualification, and are available to enjoy.
As I begin writing this blog we are less than a week away from the 2016 Paralympic Trials in Glasgow.
This is arguably one of the most important times in a swimmer’s season; it’s make or break at this point. Either you swim your qualifying time and are Rio bound or you don’t. There’s a real simplicity about this and that’s one thing I love about swimming. It’s just the swimmer, the pool and the clock, nowhere to hide. An entire season can come down to whether or not you can hold your nerve when it counts. This finality may seem to be a bit of a harsh reality but it’s what I thrive on. I love being put under pressure and delivering big performances when they count.
Hello and welcome to my first blog.
I should probably start by introducing myself; my name is Andrew Euan Mullen and I am a 19 year old, Glasgow-born Paralympic swimmer.
I’ve only recently joined the Mactaggart & Mickel Group team; the company is sponsoring me in the run up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. I’m going to be working extremely hard for the remainder of the year as I face the Rio 2016 qualifying trials and hopefully prepare to make my way to the Games. To have the support and backing of such a great organisation during this crucial time means the world, so I’d like to take this chance to say a massive thank you.