Hello Everyone! I have news that I am really quite excited about; recently, after much thought and consideration, I have decided to take a break from swimming as my main focus and concentrate more on Para-Triathlon. This is because, although I very much enjoy swimming and I love being the S7 100m Breaststroke British champion, issues with classification mean that when I turn sixteen this year, it will be very hard for me to progress much further in the swimming world. I have chosen to focus on Para-Triathlon because it is a relatively new sport (the first time it will be in the Paralympics will be in two years’ time in Rio) also, because it will mean I will get to train at three different sports rather than putting all of my focus into just the swimming. The reason this appeals to me is, I remember how much I loved training for my Head2Home challenge and having the variation of all of the sports. A typical Para-Triathlon consists of a sea swim of around 700-800m, a 20K Hand cycle and a 5K push in a racing chair. Unfortunately, even though I did already have a hand-cycle, it is sort of an ‘everyday’ one, so with the help of the Caudwell Children’s charity, I have managed to get my hands on a state of the art racing hand bike and it’s amazing. I will keep you all up to date on how the training goes on the new bike and hopefully there won’t be too many crashes!
The second thing I wanted to say is a big thank you to everyone at Land & Wave as last week a group of GCSE P.E students from Corfe Hills School (including me) went Kayaking on a lovely sunny day in Swanage and we all had a wonderful time! I think I speak for everyone in my group of students and teachers when I say it was the most fun we have had all term! So that’s it for another blog from me but, as I said earlier, I shall be keeping everyone updated on my adventures in the world of Para-Triathlon. If anyone would like any more information on the sport then please feel free to visit: http://www.britishtriathlon.org/great-britain-teams/elite-teams/paratriathlon Thanks for reading