International Disability Swimming Championships/London Paralympic Trials (50m) 2012
MD (Multi Disability) events up against all disabilities
50m Freestyle S9 20th
100m Freestyle S9 16th
100m Backstroke S9 19th
100m Breaststroke SB8 4th
200m Individual Medley SM9 12th
International Disabilitiy Swimming Championships / London Paralympic Trials, held at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield between the 6-8 April 2012.
This was the United Kingdoms 2nd Paralympic Trials for London 2012. There were over 45 different countries competing at this event, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Macaw, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Vietnam, and Wales.
I was amongst hundreds of the worlds best athletes all of whom were trying to qualify for London 2012, the events were all multi disability (MD) which means I was up against all types of disabled swimmers throughout the world, swimmers with lower classifications like dwarfs and the more severe disabilities and the s14 learning disability usually came first on points, never the less every classifications have got there own individual qualifying standards to make the GB Team. My swimming classifaction is S9 SB8 SM9. GB qualifying times have been set really high, not even the British athletes that broke British and European records made the qualifying standards for Team GB. Some of the other countries athletes only have to compete and be in the top 10 of their particular country to make their countries qualifying standards for London 2012 Paralympics. My swimming classifaction is S9 SB8 SM9
Sadly I did not qualify for London 2012 Paralympics.
Don’t worry I will not be giving up for a long while. I will still be training for the Nationals, Internationals, Europeans, Worlds there is also the Commonwealth Games and people say the weather in Rio de Janeiro is fantastic Olympic & Paralympics will be held there in 2016 after all I am only 18 and I am still ranked 3rd in the UK and 10th in the World for 100m SB8 Breaststroke but sadly this is not good enough for Team GB.