From Langley to nationals for Liam
Here at SLT we do love to hear about our customers & how they progress with either sporting achievements or health & fitness. We came across local swimmer Liam Whitehouse as he kindly shared a couple of photographs with us via his Instagram account.
When did you start swimming at Langley Swimming Centre ?
I was around 6 years old when my parents enrolled me onto the swimming lessons programme.
How long were you on the programme ?
I worked my way through the levels to stage 10. The main teachers I had was Brian and then Jill who were both very encouraging and taught me all the basic skills I needed to know to enjoy swimming
How did you progress to club swimming ?
A Paralympic coach Dave White wanted to see me swim so he came down to Langley and he said "you have lots of potential in future" and said I had to join a club. That is why I joined Oldbury.
How often do you train with Oldbury?
I try to train with Oldbury around 3-4 days a week depending on college now. I really enjoy the training as it has made me focus more on how I can improve my strokes and to improve my swimming times
How did you progress to disability competition swimming ?
I had to get a category for all my strokes. Mine is S10, SB9 and SM10. After that I got a regional time for my para swimming (it was at Rugby October 2016) so I went and got 1 gold in my 50m freestyle and Silver in my 100m and 400m freestyle.
So what's next ?
After my early medal success I was informed I could go to the winter nationals in December 2016 at Manchester swimming against some of the country's top disability swimmers that swam at the 2016 Olympics in Rio park so I went and got my times and that qualified me for the international para swim meet (World Series) which was in April this year Sheffield. I was informed that this is a meet that is next level down to Para-lympic. This October I'm off to regionals again followed by the nationals in December.