We were lucky enough to bump into 16-year old Kyle Chisholm from Bo Kirklees in the Ponds Forge cafe on day three of #NYCS14.
He was busy psyching himself up for the 4x200m Freestyle heats when we interrupted him for another of our ‘Athlete Factfiles’.
Who is your coach?
My main coach is Mark Lappin. He’s been my coach for about a year and a half now.
What events are you competing in in?
100m & 200m Fly, 100m & 200m Free, 4x200m relay, 1500m Freestyle.
(Busy schedule for Kyle but a successful one so far – he’s won silver in both the 100 Fly and 200 Free and has his 200 Fly final tonight!)
How many times a week do you train?
I train nine times in the pool and five gym sessions. We do some land training after the pool sessions too.
Is that before school?
Yeah, we train five sessions before school, which means getting up at 4:30am.
Wow, half four in the morning! You must be tired at school most of the time… Do you even get to fit in breakfast?
(Kyle laughs) I get a bit of slack from the teachers and manage to squeeze a banana in before training.
What do you eat on a competition day for lunch?
Just pasta, lots of pasta! With chicken. Stuff like that.
What is your preferred event?
At the moment I don’t really have one.
Okay….. but what would you say your best event is at the moment?
At the moment probably the 200m Freestyle!
What’s your favorite thing about Nationals?
This year is my fourth Nationals and for me I still love the atmosphere. Coming out for the finals everyone is watching you! You can feel everyone’s eyes on you, but they’re all clapping which is great.
Who has inspired you to swim?
Michael Phelps… before he retired!
If you could describe Nationals in one word, what would it be?
What it it like between some of the competitors at Nationals?
There’s always some rivalry between some competitors because we’re all wanting the top time but at the same time it’s friendly. Yesterday I pipped Beckenham’s Luke Gunning to second place in the 100m Fly but I think he’ll be looking to get me back later on in the 200m Fly!
We tried to dig a bit deeper with Kyle and get some Nationals gossip but his lips were tightly sealed….
Everyone’s just focused on their events at the moment, but towards the end of the week when there’s less races it get a bit more fun!
Good luck to Kyle in his 200m Fly final tonight.