Braddan Westlake

17 year old Braddan Westlake is a swimmer from Lincoln.

Most memorable achievement:

I performed well overall at the ASA National Youth Championships. I finished 4th in the country in the 15/16 age group with still one more year left in that age group.


August Blog:

In April I attended the Radford Open Meet in Sheffield, I achieved two long course p’bs.

In May was the Midland Championships, it was a crammed pack weekend, a lot of swims, not much turnaround time. I won the 200IM Championships trophy (Fastest swimmer in my age group (15/16 years) and senior age group (17 years and over). I won 3 Gold’s, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal in my age group. Also qualified 1st in 200 breast stroke heats but had to pull out of final due to all the finals being so close together.  Achieved National time in 200 breasts and gained two personal best times from the weekend.   At the end of May I attended another Open Meet in Sheffield and achieved two more British Gas ASA Senior National times for 200 and 400IM.  I broke 5 County records for male 16 years old and achieved 6 personal best times out of 7 swims and 5 gold medals.

20th/21st/22nd/23rd June

British Gas ASASenior National/second Olympic trials in Sheffield.

I aim to absorb the experience of swimming against the best swimmers in the UK and be able to take what I have learnt with me to the Youth Nationals in July.  I am competing in 4 swims, 200 and 400IM and 100 and 200 backstroke.

17th/18th/19th/20th/21st July

British Gas ASA Youth Championships again in Sheffield.

I aim to make a semi-final and final in my age group and to achieve some long course personal best times.  I want to enjoy the events as I have still got another year in the age group.  I qualified for 7 events, and will be competing in 5 plus 2 relay teams.  I am swimming 200 freestyle, 100 & 200 Back, 200 & 400IM.

My training will continue up to and throughout these competitions, training 9 sessions a week, plus land work.

Braddan is double British Gas ASA (15/16 year old) Youth Champion in 100 and 200 metres backstroke.

100 Back – personal best time to claim the Gold in 58.14

200 Back – personal best time to claim gold of 2.04.61

Brad qualified for 7 events, but swam 5.  Swam 100 & 200 Back, 200 free, 200 & 400IM.

200 free, 5th place 1.55.20

200 IM 4th place 2.08.74

400 IM last swim of the week and worse swim.  Only event not to make a semi-final.

5 events, 4 semi-finals, 4 finals, 6 personal best times. broke 2 club records (200 free and 200 Backstroke) and 3 County records (100 and 200 Back and 200 free).

March Blog:

On March 7th I competed at the British Championships/Olympic Trials at the London Aquatic Centre.  I swam in the 200 Backstroke event and posted a long course personal best time and a new County record. The trip was a great opportunity to soak up the atmosphere of the new pool and great experience for the future.

During March I have competed in the Lincolnshire County Championships.  I am Senior County Champion in 200 and 400IM, 50,100 and 200 Back, 100 and 200 Freestyle, and broke the 200 backstroke Club record and broke 3 Lincolnshire County records.  I won the Men’s Skins competition.

I have 2 or 3 meets at Ponds Forge Swimming Pool in Sheffield, 31st March I will be competing at the Premier Open Meet, 15th April Radford Open Meet and possibly May 26th/27th May. My aspirations for these meets are to better my personal best times.

The Midland Championships take part in Coventry Pool on 5th/6th May and I am hoping to become Midland Champion in my best event and medal in my other events.

I will be training up to and through all these competitions, training 9 times a week, morning and evening along with 4 land training sessions a week.

On the weekend of 6th/7th/8th April I will be attending my third British Talent Development Camp at Corby International Pool.  It is an intensive long weekend of training, physio screening and workshops run by high class professionals to aid my development in swimming.