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Rising star Eva has the masterstroke for swimming success

Added 08 Aug 2017 by GFORCE

Here at GFORCE Sportswear, we pride ourselves on supporting up and coming sportspeople and lending a helping hand to Grassroots-level teams looking to take the next step in their sporting journey. In our latest guest blog, Eva Vicary, 17, shares her story of swimming success.

My love for swimming started more than ten years ago. I had swimming lessons and enjoyed swimming at primary school, too, and then when I turned eight-years-old I was recognised by Coventry Swimming Club.

After a trial, I joined the club and since then I’ve moved up through every stage. I’m now in the Senior Elite group which means I train nine times a week in the pool, for two hours each time, as well as four times a week in the gym – always wearing my GFORCE tracksuit of course!

As you’ve probably guessed from my training regime, swimming can be a demanding sport. You have to really enjoy it and be very dedicated. I get up at 4am to go training and then return in the evening, but it’s also very rewarding.
It’s a great feeling racing and improving your time and it’s also good to be part of a squad and relay teams. I’m lucky that my sport has taken me around the world, too, travelling to places such as Fuerteventura, Cyprus, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Tenerife, Canada and Australia for either competitive events or training camps.

I’ve competed at multiple Nationals, Regionals and Counties and also Olympic and World Trials. In 2013 I competed at the International Children’s games and I was supposed to compete there again in 2015, but unfortunately I broke my wrist the week before.

My other achievements to date include swimming at the National Intercounties twice and captaining the team. When I look to the future, my ambitions are to swim at university and get a national medal, potentially swimming for England.  It’d be fantastic to represent the country and inspire other people to get into the sport.

My advice for young swimmers would be to focus on their technique, enjoy the racing and don’t worry too much about times. You should take every opportunity you get with the sport but, most of all, make sure you have fun. If you enjoy it you’re more likely to swim well.

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