I realise I don’t often share on here what our eldest daughter gets up to as part of being on the GB Senior Synchro team. Needless to say, we are always hugely proud of what she achieves but it is her hard work and dedication that makes us most proud.
Competition season is just starting up and ahead of next week’s French Open in Paris, the team have flown out to Milan for a week of intensive training. Sounds very glamorous? yes. its exciting for a 15 year old but reality will mean they don’t get to see much of Milan. Luckily they won’t be swimming in an outside Lido though as first though – particularly as it is due to snow in Milan on Thursday!
We waved the girls off yesterday from Heathrow (I think I’m supposed to refer to them as athletes but the mother in me still sees them as young girls who need their mum). All in high spirits and eager to go. Millie has been used to being away from home since she was 10 as part of the England Development Programme so we know there will be no issues with homesickness, thank goodness.
Their timetable will probably be around 8-5 at the pool every day, incorporating lots of land work and stretching sessions too. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are doing walk throughs in the evenings too (That really is as it sounds, walking through the order of a routing. Hilarious when they do it in a car and people drive past wondering what on earth they are doing?)
There’s the small matter of GCSE’s this summer too so several books, sample papers and a laptop have gone along too. Not sure Millie’s school music teacher quite understood what she will be doing when he suggested also taking her flute along to practice! A month away from school 3 months before you sit your exams is what these athletes have to get used to. This is hardcore training and commitment.
While we were at Heathrow, we heard a lot of cheering and clapping & realised that just below us, another Team GB was returning from the Winter Olympics. We raced down to see the people that had become so familiar to us on our tv screens returning back to their families. Just like my GB athlete will do in a couple of weeks!
I’m adding this post to Living Arrows as hosted by Donna over at What the Redhead Said. Living Arrows is all about celebrating our little ones – My little one may be 15 now but she still makes me proud. Click the link above to see what other bloggers have been joining in and celebrating childhood this week.