The Countdown Begins
For some the 6th World Deaf Swimming Championships would be a year or two in the planning but for our representatives, Nathan Young and Lucy Jordan-Caws, this event is the next step in their many years of training. For them this is the point when they get to showcase years of dedication, sacrifice and hard work.
Lucy started off the day with a strong swim in the 200m fly heats coming 3rd and securing her place in the finals.
Nathan had a peaceful morning with no heats allowing him to ready himself for the 100 freestyle final in the evening.
Nathan started of the evening of finals with a solid 6th place finish in a very fast and well fought race.
Olympic Natatorium of Parque
Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
Travelling to Argentina a week before the opening ceremony to train and acclimatise to their environment Nathan and Lucy spend no time getting into the pool to warm up and get used to the pool and their surrounding. Follow their journey on Facebook to see how true champions get ready for a major championships.
What a way to start the championships! Both Lucy and Nathan showed the competition their determination by coming third in their respective heats. Better than this was the impressive feat for both athletes achieving PB's and Nathan qualified for the finals in the 50 fly and Lucy is 1st reserve for the 100 Fly.
Remember the finals start at 05.00PM local time (09:00pm UK time )
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After an amazing day with PB's in every race Nathan and Lucy take the opportunity to rest, recuperate and refocus ready for day 3 tomorrow. Well deserved and well needed no athlete can perform at their best without time to reflect on current progress and plan for the next steps.
We are all behind you.
GO TEAM GB
What more can we ask of our athletes? Nathan started the day of with a well placed qualification into the evenings semi-finals followed by Lucy showing great talent and strength with another PB. This evening kicked off with Nathans cracking effort putting him nicely into the Finals due to be swam tomorrow.
Great swims both of you!
Lucy started the day with a strong 3rd place finish in her 200m Fly heat qualifying for finals later in the day. No easy feat with a very fast-paced heat but Lucy showed her skill and technique over a hard distance.
With no heats this morning Nathan has had a chance to physically and mentally prepare for the 100m freestyle finals , which he fought hard to place 6th in the WORLD! A very fast final and Nathan dug deep for every second of it.
Lucy's first final of this championships and well earnt 6th in the WORLD! It was evident to see Lucy left everything out there for this race and gave every ounce of effort she had Amazing .
A busy morning for our team in Argentina.
Up first was Nathan Young in 50m Freestyle comfortably securing his place in tonight’s Semifinal.
Then due to a straight final tonight for the Women’s 200m Breaststroke it meant no rest for Nathan as he headed into the heats of 100m Butterfly. Ranked 9th just missing on a place in tonight’s final by .05.
Next was Lucy Jordan-Caws competing in her final race of the competition the 50m Butterfly. Another fantastic time & Ranked 16th in the WORLD
That's a Wrap
The World Deaf Swimming Championships have concluded. Nathan and Lucy did incredibly well. Nathan broke the British and English record for 50m Fly. Lucy achieved two personal bests in 50m back and 100 fly. Both reaching finals. Their other swims were close to their personal bests. They both have worked their socks off over the last 7 months training, as well as fundraising and raising awareness for GB deaf swimming. It hasn’t been an easy ride for both swimmers. Both swimmers have been great ambassadors for GB - Nathan is such a gentleman mixing well with Americans and Australian swimmers. He also supported a Paraguayan swimmer who was out on his own without a coach or team leader! He is also communicating with other countries in international sign. Lucy has been inspirational, especially as she was ill and diagnosed with diabetes 3 months ago. She interacts well with other swimmers, signing away in international sign language. She also tries to communicate with those who don’t sign. Both Nathan and Lucy have helped eachother to communicate with those who speak or sign. They both are great people and fantastic ambassadors for GB swimming, Deaf Sport and GB in whole. They both are looking forward to going home for some rest and return to training. There is plenty of fire in them and they are already planning their training schedules in preparation. Thank you to GB Deaf Swimming for letting me go as a Team Manager. I have enjoyed the experience and meeting other team leaders from other countries. Thank you to Lisa for doing the Social Media stuff.
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