My background in sport is mainly based around Football Refereeing, of which I have taken part in for at least 10 years. I felt the need to have a change in my training routine and decided to take up more swimming. This was mainly based in a swimming pool with no coaching or direction on what needed to change, or what I could improve on.
I’ve known Matthew for quite some time and always knew he had a passion for swimming and asked for some coaching advice. The first major change that was implemented was my breathing pattern. I had always tried breathing every four strokes but was struggling to maintain a steady pace as I felt I was out of breath all the time. This was changed to a pattern of every two or three strokes which seemed to suit my style of swimming best. Matthew always made it obvious that what suits one person, doesn’t necessarily suit another person and really seemed to focus on individual needs. From then on, this then made a massive difference with my overall stroke as everything became easier and more efficient.
Once in an open water environment, I then found a further passion for swimming and needed a bigger goal! That was when I realised that I wanted to take part in a big swim – The Great North Swim 2018 was my target! I worked with Matthew all through the winter months working on various technical skills and developing aerobic endurance to ensure I found distance swimming more comfortable!
I managed the half mile swim in a time I was extremely pleased with – this has only spurred me on to learn more about open water swimming!
I cannot recommend Matthew highly enough, without his support, time and effort my goals would not have been achieved in such a short space of time. I hope to continue working with Matthew to develop into greater distances in open water events!
The 2019 target is to complete the Great North Swim 1 mile event!