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.
My last blog concluded with me explaining what taper time is – the period just before a competition where swimmers rest and refine their race skills. Taper time is really enjoyable for athletes – almost as good as Christmas - but I relish nothing more than competition!
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.