Roberts comes through competitive return unscathed
30th November 2011
Dave Roberts declared himself encouraged by his competitive return to action after coming through unscathed from the DSE National Short Course Championships in Ponds Forge.
The 11-time Paralympic champion was competing nationally for the first time since triceps surgery ruled him out of July’s European Championships in Berlin.
It's been nerve-wracking - I'm not used to coming into a competition with such little preparation.
The Welshman showed glimpses of his class, finishing third fastest in the S7 category for both the 50m (29.77) and 100m (1:06.07) Freestyle.
But Roberts admits he was simply relieved to show no ill effects from the weekend, having competed at all three sessions in Sheffield.
“I’ve been in the water for six weeks so we’re some way off full fitness still,” said Roberts. “But things like this are a good indicator as to where we’re going.
“It’s been nerve-wracking and interesting. I’m not used to coming into a competition with such little preparation and with such an injury beforehand.
“But I’ve enjoyed it. It’s nice to come through an event like the DSE Short Course where there’s a broad spectrum of abilities and ages – there’s quite a relaxed atmosphere.”