12 year old Bethany Walker is a swimmer from Washingborough near Lincoln.
Most memorable achievement:
I knew all my hard work in training and competitions had paid off when I was announced county champion for the 2nd year running with a record number of medals in every event. I have been ranked 10th nationally.
My year is continuing in a frustrating manner with continued injury leading to me needing an operation later in August. This has affected my training quite badly but I still managed some good results.
I have competed in the midlands regional championships in both individual and relay events for City of Lincoln Pentaqua. Relays went to plan but I was disappointed with my performance in the 100 FC individual. I had some strong races in a level one meet at Ponds Forge in May with many PB’s and I swam to gold at Ponds Forge last weekend.
Local leagues have gone well and I have one my individual events in both Junior and Senior leagues
I will be forced into a break over the summer due to the operation on my ingrowing toenail which stops me from being able to swim for 8 weeks. This will be at the same time as our summer programme so should be a good recovery time letting me rebuild for upcoming meetings including a 200 metre championship in Deepings and my main target meet at Mansfield, the Major Oak event in November. This is an event where I will be looking for Midlands regional qualifying times in front crawl and IM events.
Over the last period I have attended all of the courses that LEAP has offered me, most recently one about dealing with the press and prior to that the self-talk session. Both of these courses have been really good and I have learnt a lot about myself. Being able to go on these courses is a big advantage. What LEAP is doing for young sports people like me is great; in particular I am meeting new friends from other sports who are happy to share their experience.
Over the last three months I have competed in 2 major competitions, a large national open meet at Ponds Forge in Sheffield and the Lincolnshire County Championships in Louth. In Sheffield I had a strong weekend achieving medals and my Midlands regional championship qualifying time for 100m Freestyle. This took me to 6th in the midlands region and the top 25 in the UK for my age. My preparation for counties was hampered by illness missing 2 weeks training beforehand , then getting an ear infection. Despite this I got 9 medals and pb’s in most events and was narrowly beaten into 3rd position overall in my age group. In the final weekend I was back on form and got huge pb’s and gold in the 50m freestyle.
I am now preparing for a Rotherham open meet at Ponds Forge and the Midlands at Coventry. I am looking to medal at Ponds Forge but am using it as preparation for Midlands. My target is to win a place in the final of the 100m Freestyle at Midlands this year. I am working on endurance and kick work with my coaches and strength conditioning through land training. I am also focusing on the preparation using the material from Bryan Steele.
The performance workbook from Bryan Steele is helping me plan and prepare for training and competition. LEAP is helping me progress in my sport.