Whilst I was sitting around, being a bit bored, a link from British Swimming to the ‘progressive age-group records‘ came up.
I saw, to my total amazement that Francesca Halsall actually achieved her first recorded British age-group record on this list aged 13 in the 50 free, on 7 April 2004 in 26:43. Born on 12 April 1990, this happened just 5 days before her 14. birthday.
I find this completely amazing because Fran is relatively short, she even joked about her height in one of her recent interviews saying it would help her being a bit taller. The current Wikipedia profile list Francesca as 1.71m height.
This just puts fire into the flames of those who argue they could never win against all those tall people who turn up at age-groups.
I think Francesca should become a real trend-setter for swimmers because she achieves and swims with longevity and now aged 27 has again been nominated to the British Olympic team.
Apparently I show YouTube videos of Fran’s sprints to Madison to show her the technique; recommend this to all who want to be good at freestyle sprint.