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British Champs build-up: Taper Time with Thomas Young

23 February 2011

Thomas Young enjoyed his most succesful season to date in 2010, becoming an IPC World Champion for the first time in his career. Catch up with the Manchester-based swimmer as he looks to seal qualification for the IPC European Championships at his local pool at the British Gas Swimming Championships.

I’m really looking forward to the new season.

I did get to spend some time with my family to celebrate which was really nice but mainly it was full training.

My preparation has gone really well. After the World Championships in Holland last year, we had a couple of weeks off which I used to catch up with friends and family as well as getting some well-deserved rest!

But we pretty much re-started training straight after the rest, building up to heavy metres and aerobic swimming.

We didn’t get much time off over Christmas either because the trials for this year’s European Championships are so early in the New Year so we trained through.

I did get to spend some time with my family to celebrate which was really nice but mainly it was full training.

But so far it has worked out really well for me – I’m feeling strong in the pool and excited about the season.

A group of swimmers from the High Performance Centres in Manchester and Swansea as well as a few from Bath and Leeds went on a training camp in Doha, Qatar at the beginning of February.

It was a small group of us – not as big as the team from the Worlds – but it was good to train with some of the other GB swimmers.

We don’t see them all that often – only at competitions really – so it was good to catch up with everyone there.

I had high hopes but Doha blew my expectations out of the water!

The timetable for me in Doha was pretty much a standard week – we wanted it to be as normal as possible like I would do in a two-week training period at Manchester.

The sessions were a lot closer together but we coped okay with it.

There was a nice relaxed atmosphere around the place. In our free time, most of us just hung around hotel talking and sleeping!

The facilities and the whole city in general were amazing. The pool was so clear where we trained and everywhere you went was immaculate! I had high hopes beforehand but it just blew my expectations out of the water!

The focus for the whole Great Britain team is the Europeans which are at the start of July.

Personally, I’ve taken a lot of confidence out of the 2010 season where I won one gold and two bronzes at the World Championships in Holland.

It was by far my best result at a competition and winning gold in the 400m Freestyle was a huge shock to me because I haven’t really trained specifically for that event!

Since then, I’ve been working hard on my 400m pace work so I would love to see a pb in that event. To be honest, just to pace it right will be really exciting and good to see after all the hard work I have put in.


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