Whilst waiting to get some screws to tighten my shoulder bones together, I kicked and kicked and kicked and now also have tendonitis.

All is not well and perhaps the rest after the Op will do good.

What is a year of injury in a life-long swimming career?

It is a bit of a chain-reaction sometimes. Once something goes wrong, everything else goes wrong as well. But, it can’t last forever.

Muscular interaction

Have now decided to step down from the top performance squat because with parts of the body injured, the training level and demand on the whole body is simply too much.

Training exercises affect the whole body and if part of that body is not fully working than the result can be more pain and injury.

A shoulder operation may involve having to wear a plaster cast on the shoulder for 2 – 3 months and that will effectively squash any hope of being in the pool.

We will hear next week what the time-table for the treatment is going to be.

It’s always good to have other things to do. The GCSE and schooling are always there, it is possible to do gym work and land work and there is always the possibility to enter a career of coaching to pass on that enthusiasm and skills.

Stay positive, look forward, never give up.