British Championships 2019, Glasgow

Coach.Ben Negus


Possibly the toughest of 7 days for the team and I had to endure in a long time, but still lots to come away with and plenty to move forward with and be proud of. 

2 of the 8 COPS A Squad members competing, Eve Wright and Herbie Kinder, had a fantastic meet, with PB’s galore, which culminated in Eve making her first British Championships final, finishing 4th in the Junior Final. 

There were huge positives to be found. Tom Wiggins 50m Br with a seasons best and processes learned to ensure that’s converted to a PB on the next rested run out. Kenzie Whyatt swam a quality 200m Fr on day 1 and then made her first British Champs final in the 400m Fr final with a big PB in the heats, eventually finishing 6th in the junior final. Mia Leech showed character to ensure she performed seasons bests in all events, just not quite firing on all cylinders. Credit to Mia’s quality she still made the 100m and 200m Fly junior finals finishing 7th and 5th respectively. Amelia Monaghan also character and resilience to make 3 finals in the 200m Br junior final, 200m IM and 400m IM transitional finals, finishing 2nd, 7th and 5th respectively. Awesome finishes for the norm, but below par on her goals and Amelia showed a great move in character this week to find ways forward and improve in the hardest times. 

Harry Whiteman in the 200m Fly and 400m IM, Myles Robinson-young in 200m, 400m and 800m Fr and Henry Pearce in the 800 and 1500m Fr competed well, but again not quite finding their best. Seasons bests for Harry in the 400m IM was 1 stroke away from being an awesome swim and his fastest ever breaststroke split, so there’s huge improvement their. Myles and Henry have plenty to go away with lots of process feedback being athlete led as well as coach led. 

Even the best made plans, hard work and dedication won’t guarantee you get the results you want at the right time. We leave Glasgow ready to move forward and see those performances we desired come forwards after some adjustments. The process learning has never been higher than after this meet. In a meet when so many of GB’s bests want to perform, we have to remember that even one of the worlds best, James Guy, swam PB+3 and PB+4 in his best two events, 200m Fly and 200m Fr.

The key outcome results to take away from this is that we actually had more individual final appearances than last year, well done....

Amelia Monaghan 3 finals

400m IM Transition final 5th, 200m Br Junior Final 2nd, 200m IM Transitional Final 7th

Mia Leech 2 finals

200m Fly Junior Final 4th, 100m Fly Final 7th

Kenzie Whyatt 1 final

400m Fr Junior Final 7th

Eve Wright 1 final 

50m Bk Junior Final 4th

Well done team, I am proud of the way we are starting to react and act to challenges, your team mates can learn so much from you and please do pass on your learning.

I am genuinely looking forward to Regionals in 2 weeks time and exploring our process practise in Luton

Ben Negus

Head Coach