Go Swimming has everything you need to know about swimming. If you are a parent, a non swimmer or just want to improve your technique this is the section for you.

In British Swimming you will find information about the world of high performance sport, including the disciplines of Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Para-Swimming.

The ASA is the governing body for the sport in England. In this section you will find all you need to know about joining a club or competing in England and becoming a swimming teacher or coach.

The IoS delivers the ASA’s courses and is a member organisation. Whether you are a teacher, coach, employer or club you will find everything you need to know about qualifications or educating your workforce.

Accessibility - Text Only - Display Options - Accessibility

Taper Time with Chris Walker-Hebborn - Preparations for nationals begin

8th March 2010

Taper Time meets with Chris Walker-Hebborn who is one of the country’s most promising swimmers. In late March he will compete for a place in the Commonwealth Games at the British Gas Championships in Sheffield. Be part of the drama and follow Chris’ blog as he prepares.

Taper Time meets with Chris Walker-Hebborn who is one of the country’s most promising swimmers. In late March he will compete for a place in the Commonwealth Games at the British Gas Championships in Sheffield. Be part of the drama and follow Chris’ blog as he prepares.

The crowd and the noise helps me get pumped up, get my head in the right place and be totally ready to race.

I’ve been in heavy training for the last few weeks which has led to lots of early nights and physical fatigue. But my goal is qualification for the Commonwealth Games. So all the hard work is worth it if it means I secure a place.

I'm feeling pretty confident going into the British Gas Championships, which is always a good thing. I have had months of solid training and gym work, and it’s all starting to come together along with a few competitions in-between, such as the British Gas GBR vs GER Swim Meet in Swansea.

The Swansea meet took place over two days. The atmosphere there is always awesome and so is a good competition to swim in and for people to watch. And the crowd can make such a huge difference at events.

People watching swimmers battle it out for a place at major competitions don’t realise the impact they have on competitors. When a large crowd is roaring you on and really getting into the event you feel you can achieve anything.

So having a big vocal crowd at the British Gas Swimming Championships is really important for me. They are the extra coach on my team, or that reserve of energy I didn’t think I had left in me. They are the extra tenth of a second that means a successful qualification.

The crowd and the noise helps me get pumped, get my head in the right place, and be ready to race.

Next week, I head off to Berlin for my final race before the Commonwealth trials at Sheffield, so fingers crossed I’ll get some good times and gain some valuable confidence ahead of the trials. But you can never have too much help. So it would be great to hear your voice helping push me forward.

Will Chris qualify for the Commonwealth Games? Help be an extra coach at the British Championships. Click here to buy a ticket.
 

IHG Summer Offer Check out the Speedo Hero Series Make a Splash with Swim Britain Use your swimming in a Royal Navy career Subscribe to Swimming Times today for all the latest aquatics news A Vision For Rio