Gold has always been my aim
6th December 2011 - Lincolnshire Echo
I have been swimming for as long as I can remember and representing my country at the Paralympics has been a dream for all of that time.
Of course, when you think about competing at your home Games, that dream moves to a whole new level. The Olympics and Paralympics will not come around again in my competitive lifetime, certainly not while I am competing, so this is it.
Obviously the dream is that I win a gold medal but there will be some very talented swimmers hoping to stop me.
Obviously the dream is that I win a gold medal, but there will be some very talented swimmers hoping to stop me.
There are two swimmers in particular who are always strong at the major championships. Andre Brasil, who is actually from Brazil, will be someone I will have to beat if I am to bring back a gold.
He has got the better of me before so I expect him to be very strong in London.
Then there is Canadian Ben Hout who will also be one to watch, but I have beaten him before so I see no reason why I can't again.
I am not setting myself any targets. If I swim at my best, hopefully the medals will come. But you can never legislate for what other swimmers do on the day or how they perform.
However, before I even think about going to the London Paralympics, I will first have to qualify to get there.
Before I even think about going to the London Paralympics, I will have to qualify to get there.
I will have two chances next year, with one in March and the other in April.
One of the events - the British Gas Swimming Championships in March - is due to be held at the London Olympic pool itself, which I am very much looking forward to.
It will allow those taking part to get a feel for the pool and the atmosphere the venue can create during a competition.