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Taper Time with Chris Walker-Hebborn

It’s been really hectic the past few months. After returning from some racing in Monaco (my new favourite venue), it was time to get my head down and concentrate on my next big event - the Commonwealth Games. Not only has training been heavy but I have also spent my last few weekends putting in many hours trying to gain my level 2 coaching qualification.

It’s been fun having the chance to teach and give back to the sport. I have been able to take a few of my own sessions and was given the freedom to write a session. It was really good to have a session and not have to swim it. I couldn’t go too hard on the kids as they are only young so it will be a few years until they swim a session like we do.

Training over the past few weeks has been really intense and draining, but it’s all for the right cause and things are looking good for the Commonwealth Games.

Training over the past few weeks has been really intense and draining, but it’s all for the right cause and things are looking good for the Commonwealth Games. I can’t wait to get out there and race. I’ve got very high hopes and plan to come away with some medals, although guarantees are for dishwashers not swimmers! All I know is it should be a great experience and I'm honoured to represent England and swim against some of the best swimmers from the Commonwealth.

The ASA Nationals are coming up and a few of the swimmers from my group in Bath will be going to the event in Sunderland. A national competition means a lot to many swimmers and myself, it’s the highest level you can compete at within the England, with all the fastest people in the country over a wide range of events all coming together, so not only does it give a swimmer a great sense of achievement, it’s a great meet to be a part of.

I think being a National Champion is not necessarily important but it does give you a sense of achievement. It’s a big mile stone in your swimming career, and a stepping stone to further success. 

My favourite memory would have to be in 2009, going into the final of the 200m Backstroke in 3rd position against the Commonwealth 200m Backstroke Champion James Goddard, and Marco Loughran. I had one of the best races of my career so far, and won the Gold qualifying for my first senior international meet - the 2009 World Championships in Rome.

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