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18 months on and the Commonwealth Games

It is astonishing how something which you thought you had buried can still come back to haunt you. The Commonwealth Games started almost two weeks ago and I was glued to the screen, listening to the action through the left earbud of my headphones, one eye on my work screen and one eye on the… Continue reading 18 months on and the Commonwealth Games

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The Dream Disillusion – Is the Outcome the ‘Do or Die’ of your Dream?

I haven’t written for a while - and that’s not deliberate. I haven’t had anything worth saying of late. Often the stresses of London cause me to find a distraction to the misery I feel sometimes. I convince myself I’m too busy for internal thought or I deserve an extra pint down at the pub… Continue reading The Dream Disillusion – Is the Outcome the ‘Do or Die’ of your Dream?

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Reflections of An Athletic Career 9 Months On

I recently immersed myself back into swimming. After seven months out of the water, I finally decided it was time to familiarise myself with it again. It was not easy, neither were the emotions I felt swimming again. My first thought was a feeling of bliss. It quickly followed by the realisation that my strength… Continue reading Reflections of An Athletic Career 9 Months On

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What Is Your Escape Mechanism?

Open your eyes. I have had my eyes tightly shut for too long. Swimming was my passion, but also a great distraction to hide myself from myself. It was my form of escapism. But what happens when what you escape to forms your new reality, when it becomes your one and only world? You become lost. Through the years I… Continue reading What Is Your Escape Mechanism?

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The Ending and Aftershocks of an Athletic Career

There come moments in your life, where a stop sign suddenly appears in front of you. It's a clear stop sign and you're at a crossroads. At this particular point I turned the ignition to stop the once, roaring engine. A roaring engine that won me my first national title in the summer of 2016… Continue reading The Ending and Aftershocks of an Athletic Career