As regular readers of the Lakeside blog may be aware, we sponsor young local swimmer Connor Walker.

Last time we covered Connor, he had just taken part in the 2018 British Swimming Nationals in Sheffield. He did exceptionally well, finishing 12th in his age group for both the open 200m butterfly and open 100m butterfly heats.

Fast forward a year, and Connor has again tasted summer success, claiming a 200m fly silver and 4x200m relay freestyle bronze at a recent Swim England East Region event. He also came 2nd in the county in the 3km race at the Regional Open Water Competition in Norwich, where he represented the City Of Peterborough Swimming Club (COPS). Then at the British Summer Nationals in Glasgow on 24 July, Connor reached the 200m fly final and set a new personal best time.

However, this season hasn’t all been plain sailing for the talented swimmer.

Connor at the Regional Open Water Competition in Norwich, where he came 2nd in the county in the 3km race.

Earlier in the year, Connor suffered an injury to his shoulder and back, which caused tingling and numbness down his left arm. Initial concerns were that it was a muscle tear, a potentially significant setback. Undeterred, Connor continued to train but avoided causing any further damage to the affected area by focussing his energy on kicking, a lower body movement.

After a bit of a nervous wait, a scan thankfully revealed no tear and the injury was treated through a combination of acupuncture and physio. Connor continues to receive remedial treatment in order to avoid a recurrence of the injury; however, he has been able to return to full training, which consists of a mixture of pool work, land training and gym sessions.

Although swimming is largely an individual sport, Connor trains with other COPS members. The group has a great team spirit and works immensely hard together, each member racking up around 20 hours a week.

This admirable dedication has paid off for Connor, who has ended the season on a high with a busy end of year calendar. His final event of the year is at the English Summer Nationals in Sheffield on 1st August, where he will take part in the 100m fly.

We’re very proud of Connor, not to mention incredibly impressed, and wish him the very best of luck in Sheffield.

We also hope that our sponsorship will help Connor to maintain his love of swimming and work towards even more success in the future, without having to worry too much about the various costs involved. Support from Lakeside has helped Connor to buy swimming gear, including racing trunks and goggles.

We will continue to provide updates on the blog about Connor, so please check back to see what he’s been up to. In the meantime, if you’d like to keep abreast of the local swimming scene, head over to the COPS website for information on upcoming events.