Last weekend I was lucky enough to win 5 gold medals at the Abingdon Vale Swimming Club 50m sprints club championships, one of them in the 100m individual medley by just 0.02 seconds! I also managed to swim two PBs (“Personal Bests”) in the 50m breast stroke and 50m back stroke.
When I first visited Radley, I was told that swimming was not taken competitively but my aim is to lift competitive swimming from the ocean bed to the surface! Aided by Radley, I have joined a professionally run swimming club from Abingdon that trains at the Radley pool 4-5 times per week, sometimes at 6.00am!
I have been swimming competitively since the age of 6 and swam for Kenya (where I live) in Uganda and Angola when I was at prep school in Nairobi. My long term ambition is to qualify for, and swim at, the 2024 Olympics either for Kenya or Team GB. Before then there will be many years of training and working my way up through County championships, South East Regionals and the UK Nationals in Sheffield every summer. Last year in the Shell, I swam at the South East Regionals in Crawley which I hope to repeat this year.
The biggest challenge at the moment is finding the right balance between the main school sports and my swimming. Swimming galas are always held at weekends which clashes with matches but fortunately my rugby and hockey coaches have been very supportive.
Report by Ed Roest, E Social, Remove