Essex County Masters Championships (25m) 13 September 2014

This was a Masters able-bodied event, held at Southend Leisure & Tennis Centre Southend-on-Sea

 

   Jo-Jo had not competed for a few years after becoming extremely disheartened and disappointed in her swimming classification status in relation to both the 2008 & 2012 Paralympic Games (long story short). She found herself missing the rush of competition so she started training again over the Summer 
(She uses the word training rather loosely) she entered a counties competition on a whim.
Jo-Jo was amazing!
She came away with TWO GOLDS & A BRONZE in her age group (18-24) at an
ABLE-BODIED competition!
 

400m Freestyle  1st  

100m Butterfly  1st 

100m Individual Medley  3rd  

100m Freestyle 4th 

Her times were not a patch on what they used to be, but nevertheless
she is extremely happy that she competed for fun and has regained her love for the sport!
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Gunners 5k (3.1 miles) Park Run – 15 June 2013

Gunners 5k (3.1 Miles) Park Run – 15 June 2013

Jo-Jo Cranfield 1st in Age Group SW20-24

British Gas ASA National Youth Championships (50m) 17 to 21 July 2012

  Here are my Results 

18th MD  Heat 50m Freestyle  S9 7th   

 21st MD  Heats 100m Backstroke  S9 5th  

15th MD  Heats 200m Individual Medley  S9 8th  

14th MD  Heat 100m Breaststroke SB8 3rd 

MD (Multi Disability) events up against all disabilities 

This was predominantly an able-bodied event with some multi disability events mixed in. I qualified for 5 events but choose to enter just 4 in my disability classification, which is S9 SB8 SM9. The competition was over 5 days at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield. 

International Disability Swimming Championships / London Paralympic Trials (50m) 2012

Here are my Results  rolleyes 

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. 

British Gas Swimming Championships (Selection Trials) 3 to 10 March 2012

  Here are my Results 

29th MD  Heat 50m Freestyle  S9 13th   

 29th MD  Heats 100m Freestyle  S9 13th  

23rd MD  Heats 200m Individual Medley  S9 9th  

18th MD  Heat 100m Breaststroke SB8 3rd 

MD (Multi Disability) events up against all disabilities 

The British Gas Long Course Championships is the highest National Event in the UK swimming calendar and almost every swimmer in the UK tries to reach the high qualifying standards just to make it to the Nationals.  The event was even more exciting this year because it included the Olympic & Paralympic Selection trials for London 2012.  

This was predominantly an able-bodied event with some multi disability events mixed in. I qualified for 4 events in my disability classification, which is S9 SB8 SM9 they were all MD (multi disability) events, which meant I was up against swimmers of all ages, and all disabilities, which is not always good, because it normally means the lower classifications win. The competition was over 8 days at the London Aquatic Centre in Stratford. 

I did not make the Team GB qualifying standards for London 2012 even though I came 3rd in the SB8 100m Breaststroke. During the trials one of the GB coaches spoke to me after my events and said that Rio 2016 would be a more realistic target for me and 2012 would only be a bonus, and not to give up, which I obviously won’t. 

The next Paralympic trials will be at the International Disability Championships in April at Ponds Forge in Sheffield, where I have qualified and entered 5 events.

 

BUCS National Championships 2012 (50m) 10 to 12 Feb 2012

British University and College National Long Course Championships (BUCS) 2012

 
Ponds Forge International Sports Centre – Sheffield
 

 200m Freestyle S9 2nd

50m Freestyle S9 1st

 100m Breaststroke SB8 2nd 

British Gas ASA National Youth Championships (50m) 27 to 31 July 2011

British Gas ASA National Youth Championships 2011

MD (Multi Disability) events up against all disabilities 
Ponds Forge International Sports Centre – Sheffield
 

16thMD  Heat 100m Breaststroke SB8 3rd

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British International Swimming Championships (50m) 8 to 10 April 2011

British International swimming championships / European Trials, held at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield between the 8-10 April 2011. There were over 24 different countrys competing at this event,  Austria, Belguim, Brazil, Catalona, China, China Taipei, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Netherlands, Romania, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Uganda, Ukraine, and Wales. All the events were MD (multi disability) and I was up against swimmers of all ages, and all disabilities in all classifactions. Which is not good, because it normally means the lower classifications win. I qualified for all 7 events available in my disability classification, which is S9 SB8 SM9,  I chose to enter only 2 events due to the amount of A level course work I am currently doing at the moment.

Here are my Results  rolleyes 

British International Swimming Championships (50m) 2011

MD (Multi Disability) events up against all disabilities 

30th MD  200m Individual Medley  S9  7th  

33rd MD  100m Breaststroke SB8 4th 

British Gas National LC / European Trials 5 to 12 Mar 2011

British Gas National Championships / European TrialsThis was an able-bodied long course event with some multi disability events mixed in. I qualified for all 7 events available in my disability classification, which is S9 SB8 SM9, they were all MD (multi disability) events, which meant I was up against swimmers of all ages, and all disabilities, which is not good, because it normally means the lower classifications win. The competition was over 8 days at the Manchester Aquatic Centre in Booth Street, because of this, I chose to enter only 2 events due to the amount of A level course work I still needed to complete, I could not afford to have a whole week away from school, missing vital A level lessons so close to my final exams. I was a little nervous because I was a long way from home and this was the first time my parents were not there to support me, they had to stay at home to look after my best friend, Bruce ♥ (my dog)

Here are my Results rolleyes 

British Gas National Championships / European Trials 2011 Long Course

MD (Multi Disability) events up against all disabilities 

18th MD  Heat 200m Individual Medley  S9  5th  

16th MD  Heat 100m Breaststroke SB8 3rd

DSE Last ever Junior Nationals 26 & 27 Feb 2011

February 2011  I qualified and entered 7 Individual & 2 Team Relay events for my last ever cry DSE’s (Disability Sport Events) National Short Course Junior (18 & under) Championships at Ponds Forge international sports centre in Sheffield. 

Results rolleyes 

DSE 18u National Junior Short Course Swimming Championships – Sheffield

100m Freestyle  S9   2nd

200m Individual Medley  S9   2nd

400m Team Medley Relay  2nd (Jo-Jo Freestyle)

100m Breaststroke  SB8   2nd 

400m Freestyle Team Relay  4th

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The weekend started out well and I was looking forward to the competition.

My daddy, met me at Sheffield to stay and support me whilst my brother and mummy stayed at home with my best friend Bruce (my dog). Unfortunately Bruce who is 15½ was not very well he has been on medication for his heart for a few years now. As the weekend progressed Bruce’s health deteriorated so much so that my dad had to leave for home in the middle of the night. We prepared ourselves for the worst. I pulled out of most of my events because I was so upset. I just could not stop crying. I was going to lose my best ever friend. Did I want to go home with my dad or did I want to stay away? I didn’t want to see Bruce in such a bad way. I love Bruce so so much. We all prepared ourselves for the worst.

First thing Sunday morning my mummy, daddy and brother took Bruce to the vets.

The vet came out of his room and asked why are you all crying? Bruce could not stand up un aided he keeps falling down, walking into things, his eyes are shaking all the time and his head is all twisted over. The vet replied, Bruce has got a problem with his middle ear, which is affecting his balance, and that he would be fine in a week or two.

Phew! What a relief.

As you can probably tell I did not swim that good and I only ended up entering 4 events plus 1 relay. But on the other hand Bruce is still with us Hooray and you will be pleased to know he is on the mend.

I love Bruce!

DSE’s November 2010

November 2010  I qualified and entered 7 Individual & 2 Team Relay events at the DSE’s (Disability Sport Events) National Short Course Senior Championships at Ponds Forge international sports centre in Sheffield.  

Here are my results 😆

DSE Senior Open SC National’s – 20th & 21st November 2010

100m Freestyle  S9  10th

100m Backstroke  S9  8th

400m Team Medley Relay  3rd (Jo-Jo Butterfly)

100m Butterfly  S9  5th

400m Freestyle  S9  5th

200m Individual Medley  S9  4th

100m Breaststroke  SB8  4th

50m Freestyle  S9  9th

400m Freestyle Team Relay  2nd

British Gas ASA National Championships Sunderland 2010

August 2010   British Gas ASA National Championships 2010 / Commonwealth Trials venue Aquatic Centre, Sunderland. It was the first time I had ever competed in Sunderland, the pool and the facilities where superb. It was an able-bodied long course event with some multi disability events mixed in. I qualified for all 7 events availble in my disability classification they were all MD (multi disability) events, which meant I was up against swimmers of all ages, and all disabilities, which is not good, because it normally means the lower classifications win.

Here are my results 🙄

18th to  21stAugust 2010  British Gas ASA National Championships 2010 (Long Course)     

MD (Multi Disability) events up against all disabilities

14th MD  Heat 50m Freestyle  S9 6th    

9th MD  Heat 200m Individual Medley  S9 3rd  

9th MD  Final 200m Individual Medley  S9 3rd  

16th MD  Heats 100m Freestyle  S9 5th  

Heat 100m Breaststroke  DQ T- L1 Did not show intent to touch with two hands    

3rd  MD  Heat 100m Butterfly  S9 1st     

3rd  MD  Finals 100m Butterfly  S9 1st   

8th MD  Heats 400m Freestyle  S9 2nd 

7th MD  Final 400m Freestyle  S9 1st  

9th MD  Heat 100m Backstroke  S9 1st       

9th MD  Final 100m Backstroke  S9 1st   

Moonlight Colourthon 2010 – Summary

😎 Participants of the ‘Moonlight Colourthon’ walked the half marathon (13.1 miles) at night / 8pm on Saturday 3rd July, 2010 all the walkers were encouraged to dress as brightly as their imagination would allow them to! The weather was a scorcher.

This year’s event started at Chalkwell Park with live interviews on BBC Essex Radio

and a quick warm up with the Colorthon fitness guru. 

   

A few stretches later it was time for the off. There where over 1500 entrants and  first across the start line were Jo-Jo Cranfield, Mark Foster and Rachel Riley

they walked through Chalkwell park to Old Leigh Road along Kings Road up Chalkwell Avenue to Imperial Avenue then down Crowstone Road to Crosby Road back down Chalkwell Avenue towards

Chalkwell beach along Southend sea front towards the cafes under the Arches rising up past the Cliffs Pavilion which took in Westcliff’s picturesque cliff tops with its brisk sea breezes and band stand on to Southend Pier Hill. Then the route dropped down overlooking the famous Southend Pleasure Pier

and then traveled through the exclusive Chalkwell Hall Estate, and continued into Old Leigh with its quaint cottages and fisherman’s sheds

From there they walked back up a gentle gradient at Belton Way and returned along the beautiful cliffs at Marine Parade strolling through Leigh itself back into Chalkwell Park to the finishing gantry to collect their medals.

 You will be pleased to know Jo-Jo finished her half marathon walk in 3 hours and 28 minutes 😆

British International Disability Championships 2010

April Home for the Easter holidays 🙂  hurray! For a short rest, Rest, ha! What rest? A nice 185 mile drive, home for two days, then catch several trains to Sheffield for the British Championships in the first week, second week I had an operation to remove my wisdom teeth, lovely a mouth full of stitches and for last week competing at the International Disability Swimming Championships and amongst all that I had to try and fit in some revision for my up and coming exams. 

Oh well. People do say, no rest for the wicked 😈

Holidays over :mrgreen: Time to pack up and get ready for School in Somerset and Internationals in Sheffield. Great what next? My parent’s vehicle only went and broke down so we had to hire a car. It was a tight squeeze, I mean a very tight squeeze fitting in all my school stuff, printers, bedding, swimming and sports kits etc. But we just about managed it. Then of we went for the 200 mile journey to Sheffield for the British International Disability Championships over twenty different Countries’ were there competing, it was very exciting. Until! I hurt my foot climbing out of the swim down pool. Ouch click! Crunch! Yes you guessed it I broke one of my toes it was agony. I tried my best but the pain and swelling was getting a bit too much so unfortunately I had to pull out of all the finals on the last day. I needed to get my foot strapped up and drive the 220 miles back to School. All in all it was not the most exciting Easter Holiday I have had. but I am well, alive and happy. Plus I did get to see my family and friends.

Here are my results 🙂

British International Disability Championships / World Trials  Sheffield 16th 17th & 18th April 2010

MD (Multi Disability) events up against all disabilities

18th MD Heat 400m Freestyle S9 5th

Pulled out to concentrate on Breast final. Final 400m Freestyle

14th MD Heat 100m Breaststroke SB8 3rd

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3rd MD B Final 100m Breaststroke SB8 3rd

21st MD Heat 50m Freestyle S9 8th

9th MD Heat 100m Butterfly S9 6th

8th MD Final 100m Butterfly S9 6th

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20th MD Heat 100m Freestyle S9 8th

Pulled out needed to travel back to Millfield Final 100m Freestyle

15th MD Heat 100m Backstroke S9 5th

Pulled out needed to travel back to Millfield Final 100m Backstroke

20th MD Heat 200m Individual Medley SM9 7th

Pulled out needed to travel back to Millfield Final 200m Individual Medley

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British Gas Championships 2010 – Sheffield

March / April 2010   British Gas Swimming Championships 2010, venue Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield. It was a long course event. Qualifying times were really hard. Which meant only the best qualified, like:-

I qualified for 7 events  They were MD (multi disability) events which meant I was up against swimmers of all ages, and all disabilities.  Here are my results 🙂      

British Gas Championships 2010 (Long Course) – 29th March to 3rd April        

MD (Multi Disability) events up against all disabilities

 10th MD  Heats 400m Freestyle  S9 2nd        

10th MD  Finals 400m Freestyle  S9 2nd        

13th MD  Heats 50m Freestyle  S9 7th        

14th MD  Heats 100m Breaststroke  SB8 4th        

18th MD  Heats 100m Backstroke  S9 6th        

14th MD  Heats 100m Freestyle  S9 6th        

 14th MD  Heats 200m Individual Medley  S9 5th        

4th MD  Heats 100m butterfly  S9 2nd        

  4th MD  Finals 100m butterfly  S9 2nd

DSE Juniors 2010

DSE (Disability Sports Events) Short Course Junior Nationals venue Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield. It was a short course event with two age groups 10 to 13 and 14 to 18. I fell in the 14 to 18 age group which was probably the hardest age group, most of the other competitors where Paralympic Medallists. I qualified for all the events on offer to my swimming classification, which is S9 SB8 SM9 but decided only to enter the events available to the Paralympics in 2012, which were 7 events.

  Here are my results 🙂

DSE (Disability Sports Events) Short Course Junior Nationals – 6th & 7th March 2010

4th  100m Freestyle 

2nd Silver  200m Individual Medley 

3rd Bronze  400m Freestyle 

2nd Silver  100m Breaststroke 

4th  100m Backstroke 

4th  100m butterfly

4th  50m Freestyle   

1500m Long Course British Record Approved

It’s Official I broke the 1500m Long Course s9 British Record

 

Exeter City Open Meet – January 2010

January 2010  

Here I am with my Millfield Swimming Coaches left to right Edward Sinclair, Jolyon Finck, me & Emma Collings shortly after I broke the S9 Long Course 1500m Freestyle British Record (subject to ratification) at Exeter City Long Course Open (Able Bodied) Meet which was held at Millfield School in Somerset. 

Here are my results 🙂

Exeter City Long Course Open Meet 22nd to 24th January 2010

 (subject to ratification) 1500m Freestyle S9 BRITISH RECORD

5th 100m Breaststroke  

 13th 50m Freestyle

8th 100m Backstroke

6th 200m Individual Medley

6th 100m Butterfly  

11th 100m Freestyle

 

Welsh Championships December 2009

December 2009   End of my first full term at Millfield I’ve had my ups and downs but overall it has been a great experience. Anyway packed up my room at Millfield and headed to Wales for the Welsh Disability Long Course Swimming Championships in Swansea. Sad to say it was the last time ever wearing the Speedo LZR full body,

It was a relaxing meet for me 🙂 no pressure to make any times just had to swim and wind down. I think it was a nice way to end a very busy year.  

Here are my results:-

Welsh Long Course Championships 12th & 13th December 2009

100m Butterfly   S9 2nd

 50m Freestyle   S9 6th

200m  Individual Medley   S9 6th

200m Freestyle   S9 4th

  100m Freestyle   S9 4th

 100m Backstroke   S9 4th

 

 Looking forward to 2010 and the new Speedo LZR Racer Elite. bring it on!

DSE’s November 2009

November 21st & 22nd   I qualified and entered 7 Individual & 2 Team Relay events at the DSE’s (Disability Sport Events) National Short Course Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. I had a reasonably good meet, it was not fantastic.  I have been working on my strokes. Lets edit that, changing my strokes, everything I do now is so different. Technique, Gym, Nutrition, Studying everything. So my swimming coach Emma Collings and I were not expecting miracles. I did manage to get a few Medals and PB’s (Personal Bests)

 Here are my results:-

DSE Senior Open SC National’s – 21st & 22nd November 2009

100m Freestyle   S9 5th

  100m Backstroke   S9 2nd

400m Team Medley Relay   3rd  

100m Butterfly   S9 3rd  

400m Freestyle   S9 2nd

200m Individual Medley   S9 4th

100m Breaststroke   DQ

50m Freestyle   S9 6th

400m Freestyle Team Relay   1st 

The highlight of the weekend was when I got to meet Ralf Little  from Two Pints of Lager & a Packet of Crisps and The Royle Family.

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