Brock – My Story
My name is Brock and I am 22 years old. I have hemiplegia of the left side which means my left side doesn’t work the same as my right side however this doesn’t stop me from taking part in swimming which is my favourite sport.
Where it all began
I learnt to swim like a lot of people at a young age. Because I didn’t get diagnosed with my disability until I was older I got told I was lazy as my left side didn’t function the same. However in swimming I just pushed harder and harder and my right side carried me through. I first joint a competitive swimming club at the age of 8 and haven’t looked back since.
I currently train at Barking and Dagenham. I do 6 mornings a week and one afternoon sessions. These are around 2 hours with some lasting a bit longer. I then do 5 gym sessions a week mainly focusing on my core to help me keep balanced in the water. My coach Stewart is amazing and we have spent a lot of time looking at how to change my training programme to get the full affect without me tiring too quickly. (Afternoon naps are a must for me).
When I first qualified for nationals this was as far as I thought I would ever go in the sport. I was then extremely lucky with lots of hard work from my coach to qualify for the world para swimming championships in London where I achieved:
- Gold and a World Record in 200IM
- Gold and a World Record in 100breaststroke
- Gold and a World Record in 34 point medley relay
- Gold in 34 point freestyle relay
The impact sport has had on my life
I absolutely love sport. I am that person that if they miss a length out has to stay in extra to make it up. When I jump in the pool it’s just me and the water. I can let every emotion disappear. Sport has given me such an amazing group of friends and experiences that without sport I would have never had.
My ambitions in sport
Nearly every athlete wants to make an Olympic/Paralympic games. 2020 isn’t far away now and training is going really well. I would love to be able to be sitting here this time next year and be able to say that I have made a games. That is defiantly my main aim but I know that is going to be a tall order.
But I know journeys aren’t easy. I know I have been very lucky with my sporting journey and holding 4 world records is pretty cool.
Once my sporting journey has finished I would love to be able to share my experiences with other athletes and hopefully pass my knowledge onto them.
My advice to others with cp who might want to try sport
Nothing is impossible. There is a massive network of support out there. I wish I had known about Cerebral Palsy Sport sooner to be able to get the opportunity to try other sports. Coming to a CP Sport event is amazing because you get to hear about so many other experiences and make new friends.
A moto that I have heard and I use a lot now is #whosaysicant. And I truly believe in that you can achieve anything you want.