Monthly Archives: March 2012

The FA Coaching Disabled Footballers

Whoop!  Whoop! 
On the 10th March 2012 I passed The FA Course in Coaching Disabled Footballers.
I am now a qualified football coach that can include disabled players.


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.