I started swimming with Halliwick Penguins Swimming Club in 2004 when I was only just 7 years’ old. My mum remembers that I used to not like getting my ears wet. I remember lots of practice sessions blowing the little egg-shaped cup and playing the washing-machine game, which was fun.
I have gained my red and yellow Halliwick proficiency badges and I am currently working on my green badge. When I get this, it will mean that I can swim independently in the water without supervision. I have also received the club’s progress trophy for the swimmer making the most progress in the year – twice – in 2006 and 2009!
I have taken part in local and regional galas in Leytonstone, Ponders End and Pimlico. I train for galas by swimming lengths with other club members, Liam, Gary and Ivan. So far, the greatest number of lengths I have swum in one go is 22.
In 2011, I qualified to swim in the Halliwick AST National Championships, where we meet up with swimmers from all over England and Wales. This took place in Pontypool, Wales and I swam the 25-metre race and the junior relay. Last year, I qualified for the Halliwick AST National Championships in Hull. I swam in the junior relay race and I won along with Dahria and Zane, also members of Halliwick Penguins Swimming Club.
I like the swimming club and mostly the galas and a big thanks to all the volunteers including my sister Ellen, who is helping the little ones.
I’ve posted a picture of me and one we took during one of the London 2012 Paralympic swimming races because they were absolutely amazing.