MiaI learned to swim from the age of 6 months and started swimming in a local swimming club at the age of 8.  I was proud to also be chose to swim for the NOVA development and B Squads.

In 2015, I started to feel like my swimming wasn’t moving me forward as I wished, so I decided to look for a club that would take me further in my chosen sport and obsession swimming.  We soon discovered Worksop Dolphins and I was really pleased as Andy (Head Coach) coached me most nights at Nova B squad. I went to a training sessions, and decided that it was the right club for me to move to.

I felt quite nervous at first but after my first training session I had settled in and made some new friends.

My strokes progressed after the first month of moving there and I went from 20th in the county at the 50m Freestyle to 5th. In only a few months, I put in lots of new PBs for all my strokes!

Club champs and Counties went extremely well, gaining some Midland times, medals and PBs!  One of my favourite parts of counties was having competitions on Colour Switch (which is an app we all enjoyed). Racing was obviously my favourite part though!

The coaches and swimmers from Worksop Dolphins have been really friendly to me and I look forward to every training session and swim meet. My technique has progressed in a matter of weeks - thanks to the coaches at Worksop Dolphins!

My aim for this year is to win medals at the Midlands and earn yet more Midland times! My dream is to swim at National level or even International level!

Thanks to everybody involved in helping me.

jody blogThis was my second County champs and it was a fantastic experience. In the relays with my team mates Jenson Payne, Matt Pavier, Ben Hodkinson, Lucy Conroy and Mia Kay we won 3 gold medals and 1 silver medal.  The atmosphere on the Sunday night finals was fantastic and really helped to keep us all motivated.

For the individual events I enjoyed them all apart from the 200 Breaststroke!! That nearly killed me and won’t be rushing back to do that at long course!

The final weekend made me quite nervous when I realised there was a chance of winning the overall 10/11 year old title.  The Saturday went well but I knew my main rival was very strong at backstroke and so I was very happy to be second on the 100 backstroke. This left me 9 points behind him with only one day to go! I asked my dad to give me some advice and we came up with a plan.

Sunday morning I was very nervous but luckily the 400 free was the first event. I did my warm up and focussed on the race. I swam my race to the plan which was “fast!!” This worked and got me a gold medal and a pb! I was now only 1 point behind and feeling good.

The 100 fly was next, my favourite and I managed to win by 1/100th of a second!! This meant everything was on the 50 free! I remembered what my coach told me smooth is fast and gave it my best shot.

It went very well winning my heat and giving me enough points to win the title. I felt very proud of myself and gave my dad a big hug.  Standing on top of the podium made me feel like a pro and very excited. I am very proud to be a Dolphin and looking forward now to Regional champs.

Let the training begin again!!!!