A big Water Babies welcome to one of our guest bloggers - one half of the golden couple of Paralympic swimming, Nyree Kindred, who's been a Water Babies mum since her daughter, Ella, was just ten weeks old.
Well it’s been a busy few months and time just flies by without you even realising it. We go to Water Babies every Friday with our teacher, Dawn, and Ella loves it! She’s constantly improving her skills and all she wants to do is be free in the water. There have been times where she’s had a fair few wobbles and not enjoyed going underwater, but by giving her our confident smiles each time she feels reassured that it’s ok, and those wobbles have (hopefully) disappeared.
Recently Sascha was competing at the Short Course Swimming National Championships where he swam very well, breaking a British Record in the 100m and 400m freestyle which was a great result, especially as his main event is the 200m Individual medley! He's currently on a training camp in Sierra Nevada, Spain, on an altitude project, which involves living and training at 2300 metres above sea level - which is hard, as there's a lack of oxygen at such high altitudes. The body soon adapts, though, and the increase in red blood cells oxygenates the body and allows the athlete to perform (very technical, I know!). He's enjoying it though - and there's lots of snow, which is far better than the amount of rain we're having. I'm sure we could have our Water Babies lessons outside with the massive puddles that are everywhere right now!
Trials for the IPC European championships are in April up in Glasgow, with the event itself taking place this August at the Peter Van Den Hoogenband swimming pool in Holland. So there’s lots of hard work for us coming up – and, of course, lots more splish splashing Water Babies fun for Ella!
Hope you're all enjoying lots of Water Babies fun, and keep your fingers crossed for us over the summer!