I am a 12 year old boy training to swim the English channel.

Why did I start? I started because my friend was nagging me for ages about coming to swim in the morning swim training on tuesday and thursday. So after awhile I agreed. It was tiring at first as you had to wake up at 5:45am to be ready at the pool by 6:25am in the morning. Then you have to swim long distances for 1 hour or more.

What is my swimming background? When I was 7 I started participating in swimming gala’s against other schools. I did fairly well in them but when COVID-19 spread around England there was a lockdown, you weren’t allowed to meet people. I had to stop swimming during the pandemic, and I didn’t continue after. Until my friend convinced me to come and swim with him.