Marren making steps towards Rio
PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 November 2015
Havering youngster hoping for second Paralympic Games
It’s a big 12 months for me with Rio 2016 getting closer, but I’ve been back in training for a few weeks now and I’m loving it.
Last summer I was quite ill so I was eager to get back completely fully fit. We are not too sure what it was, a bit of chronic fatigue back in February then it went away for a bit, but then came back again in the summer.
I had to miss the IPC World Championships in Glasgow which was quite hard, because I wanted to be there with the team and there was nothing I could do about it.
It was still good to gauge where everyone was, but not being able to swim as much as I wanted to made me almost feel like I had retired!
Saying that, the break was actually nice because it gave me the chance to miss my swimming and to really want to get back to it.
I’m so glad I’m back training and doing what I love. I’m doing 10 swim sessions a week plus three gym sessions. It’s all about the next 12 months and making sure I’m in the best shape for Rio.
I’ve got a couple of markers I want to hit before the end of the year, but there’s nothing specific, just times and personal bests at the moment. It’s about building the fitness up going into 2016. We’ll be looking to peak in time for the trials at the end of April for the Games and then go from there.
It’s not just my swimming that is keeping me busy either, as I’m now in the second year of my A-levels.
I love swimming so much, for the health benefits and the social benefits and getting to see the world when you are competing. But it’s also important I complete my education.
I was doing AS levels last year, but now I’m just doing two A-levels in English literature and Geography.
It means I have quite a few free periods so I can get my work done then and then I’ve got training for swimming, but it’s a good balance and I’m making sure I don’t get too tired.
I didn’t actually like geography at secondary school, but I love it now and find it really interesting. It’s fair to say that I won’t be swimming for all of my life so I have to work on other things too.
I’m also learning to drive at the moment. I love driving so much. I’m fortunate and grateful that Nissan have given me a Nissan Juke and so I’m learning in that at the minute.
I think my dad will be quite happy once I’ve passed as he won’t have to take me to training all the time. My younger sister swims as well so I’ll be able to give her lifts too.
Obviously my main priority is swimming, but it’s important to have a good balance of other things too.
The countdown to Rio is a bit of a mixture of emotions really. You are counting down so there is a bit of a time pressure there, but I try and remember how awesome London was.
I would be so proud to make the team again and grateful for all the support I’ve had from family, friends, school, and sponsors.
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