14 year old Abigail Burr is a swimmer from Heighington near Lincoln.
Most memorable achievement:
Breaking the county record for the 200m Freestyle with a personal best time. This meant I qualified for the National Final, where I came 9th.
Our swimming season comes to a climax in July with the National Championships and also our Club Championships.
This year was my best Nationals so far! Last year I qualified for one individual event and two team relays; this year I qualified for four individual events plus two team relays. The Nationals are held at Ponds Forge, Sheffield and this year it was when we had a mini heat wave, I have never been in Ponds Forge when it has been so hot! The Nationals were very tough but I tried very hard and managed to qualify for the final of the 200m Freestyle and just missed out on getting into the finals of the 100m Butterfly and 400m Freestyle. The final of the 200m Freestyle was very close and I was just touched out in 9th place. It was a great experience and I can’t wait for next year.
In the Lincoln Vulcans Club Championships I achieved eight first places and I broke five Club Championship records (One of the records had been held for the last eight years by Lizzie Simmonds who is now a Team GB Olympic swimmer). I also broke two County Records.
At my school end of Year prize giving I was awarded the Year 9 “Sportsperson of the Year”.
Although my main sport is swimming, just for fun I entered a Pentathlon GB biathlon event at Bingham in early September and I won my age group and also received the awards for “Best Swim” and “Best Run”.
Also during September I swam for LVSC in the last round of the Lincolnshire League, I won both of my individual events, the 100m Freestyle and the 100m Breaststroke and my relay team won both of our relay events.
From my performance at the National Championships this year I have been selected for the ASA England Talent Performance Development Programme and will be attending training camps in September and December.
I have been selected to represent Lincolnshire at the Inter County Championships at the end of October which takes place the day after my first major completion of the new season which is the LVSC Level One Open Meet at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.
I have attended the LEAP seminar on Core Stability which I found very interesting.
The last three months have been quite hectic!
Over Easter I was at the UEA Norwich for the Easter Level One meet, I had two first places and two second places, but more importantly the first place for the 400m Freestyle was a National qualifying time.
Over the weekend of 14/15 April I swam at the Radford Open Meet at Ponds Forge and had a great swim in the 200m Freestyle, first place and National time.
On 28 April I went to Loughborough Uni for the East Midlands Distance Time Trial and had a really good swim, with a 12 second PB and National qualification time. This was after I had attended the LEAP course on Using Mental Skills for Performance Enhancement.
We travelled to Corby on 18 May for one 100m Freestyle race; I just missed the National Time and was bitterly disappointed but had to dig deep because on the following day I swam at the Rotherham Metro Open Meet at Ponds Forge, I really shocked myself by swimming a National Time in the 100m Butterfly! I did not expect that result, but it shows what happens when you use the “Self Talk” techniques.
In June we had two weekends in Coventry for the East and West Midlands Regional Championships, I had some good swims and reached the finals of the 200m IM and 200m Butterfly. Overall for the championships I finished in 13th place out of 70+ 13 year old girls.
During July I have been competing in the Lincoln Vulcans Club Championships, which went very well, I achieved eight first places and I broke five Championship records, one of them had been held for the last eight years by Lizzie Simmonds, who is now a Team GB Olympic swimmer.
I am now looking forward to the ASA Age Group National Championships which take place at Ponds Forge Sheffield and start on 23 July 2012. I will be competing in individual events in the 100m Butterfly, 200m, 400m and 800m Freestyle and also in the LVSC relay team for the 4 x 100m Freestyle and 4 x 200m Freestyle.
I am aiming to qualify for as many finals as I possibly can and my training has been focused on both stamina work and technique over the last few weeks.
During August we will be on holiday and return to training in September for the new season with the first major competition, the LVSC Level One Open Meet taking place in October.
Over the October half term I will be on a one week training camp in Cardiff, which I am really looking forward to.
I have attended the LEAP courses on “self-talk” at Lincoln University and I have used the techniques when I have raced and I am sure it has improved my performances. I don’t think I would have got my 800m Freestyle National time without it.
Hi everyone just thought I’d send this quick update on what I’ve been doing since Christmas. With the County Champs coming up at the end of Feb and through March we are now training at a higher level. I competed at the Biggleswade Open Meet over the weekend of 21st and 22nd January, I swam in nine different events and came away with five gold medals, one silver, one bronze and two fifth places, a great weekend, seven personal best times! At the Central Zonal meet at Corby on 28th and 29th January I swam five events and got four long course PBs, I qualified for the final of the 200m Freestyle and just missed the National qualification time for the 200m Freestyle by 1 second. On Saturday 4th Feb we went to Coventry for the regional distance time in the 800m Freestyle, I had a great swim with a 17 second PB and qualified to swim this event at the Midlands Champs in June; then we raced the snow back to Lincoln, PHEW.