Alice Tai – Update

July 1st, 2015

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Paralympic sensation Alice, so here’s what she’s been up to in the past few months, and what lies ahead in the near future from her mother Angie:

“Life has been chaotic to say the least!

She finished her last exam on Friday 19th June (10 GCSEs in total and did not miss one single training session) and on Sunday 21st June we packed her belongings into the boot of the car and drove 280 miles to Manchester to deposit her with a new host family. She will be living, training and gong to school in Manchester for the next 12 months in the build up to Rio and possibly beyond that too.

Been a bit of a gut wrenching time-but she is happy and settled and the new training regime has paid dividends already! She is one of a number of swimmers who have moved to Manchester to prepare and focus on Rio. They all competed at the Scottish Nationals so British Swimming could gauge where they are in terms of race times and how to adjust and personalise their training to get the best of them in Worlds (only two weeks to go).

Chuffed to say she smashed the 100 fly British record she set at the end of May, setting a new European record!  She is now ranked 2nd in world for 100 fly and 100 back-at 16 she is 8 years younger than the swimmers who are ranked 1st!

I have put the link below for the live stream of events and I have attached the schedule. She is competing in the following S10 events:

50 free
100 free
400 free
100 back
100 fly

She is also in the freestyle and medley 34 point relays.

I will keep you posted on how she fares at World’s-I am now more nervous than I have ever been as she is no longer ‘under the radar’ and is most certainly a name that other top swimmers -both para and able-bodied have heard of, which seems very surreal to me. This obviously means that she goes into this meet with a lot of expectations on her shoulders.

She is however, very pragmatic and has pointed out that it is the people currently ranked first in the world that areunder pressure as they will need to keep improving if they want to keep her off the gold medal spot in Rio!”

As always its great to see Alice doing so well and we wish her luck with her upcoming training.

Alice’s reaction after setting the new 100 fly European record:

Alice Tai 1.7.15