There is now a lot of suspense in the air because Hackney Aquatics will shortly announce squad movements. It’s a very big deal for swimmers whether they get selected for the top Performance squad or the competition squad.
Makes a huge difference, some competitions can only be entered by performance squads. Madison has been in performance since several years now and doesn’t want anything else.
At the moment we are trying to get tougher. We are entering competitions mainly to increase stamina. Going to swim in
- Open Water
- Long distance swims
- Sponsored Swim the Thames 5km in total
Some events we do not enter to win but just to condition.
We know where Madison can get good results but there are those events where the chances are not so good and those are the ones we will enter as well, e.g. 400 free, 400 IM. Winning medals is not always possible but taking part is.
Overall the consistently best swimmers in the long run are always the ones who have the best variety of strokes and distances.
As a special treat for after the summer break. during which Madison will keep busy by attending
- The Melanie Marshall SwimInspiration summer camp
- climbing and canoeing workshops
- perhaps a Hackney Aquatics summer camp
then in September onto the level 2 Cambridge Grand Prix
and also Redbridge which is always a nice weekend to get some more County and Regional Times for next season.
Overall there is an excellent variety of competitions that Hackney Aquatics attends, which really enriches the life of any swimmer.