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Brock Whiston

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Classification
S8, SB8, SM8

Further personal information

Family
Partner Perry
Residence
Romford, ENG
Occupation
Athlete, Sports Teacher
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began learning to swim at age three. At age nine she took up competitive swimming.
Club / Team
Barking and Dagenham Aquatics Club: England
Name of coach
Stewart Nicklin [personal], GBR
Training Regime
She trains at Becontree Heath Leisure Centre in Dagenham, England.

General interest

Hobbies
Shopping, going to the theatre, having afternoon tea, baking. (Athlete, 08 Sep 2019; hawkinsbutchers.co.uk, 25 Oct 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Setting her first world record [in the SB8 100m breaststroke] at the 2019 World Series event in Berlin, Germany, and winning four gold medals at the 2019 World Championships in London, England. (hawkinsbutchers.co.uk, 25 Oct 2020; Athlete, 08 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
British Para swimmer Ellie Simmonds. (Athlete, 08 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
US Para swimmer Jessica Long, British Para swimmer Ellie Simmonds. (Athlete, 08 Sep 2019; everyoneactive.com, 01 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Chase your dreams and follow your heart." (Instagram profile, 19 Feb 2021)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (barkinganddagenhampost.co.uk, 10 Aug 2020)
Impairment
She has hemiplegia and dystonia. (time1075.net, 09 Sep 2020)
Other information
COVID-19 IMPACT
When swimming pools were closed in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, she set up a small temporary pool in her garden and used resistance bands to help mimic her movements in the water. After appealing to find additional sponsorship through a radio station, a local firm donated a set of weights, a squat rack and other exercise equipment to help her train at home. "Not being able to go to the gym and use pool as often, I need to get those opportunities I'm missing at the centres into my home and be able to adapt the best I can." (time1075.net, 09 Sep 2020, 01 Oct 2020; swimming.org, 30 Jun 2020)

BOUNCING BACK
She considered retiring from Para swimming in 2017 due to a lack of motivation. She was inspired to continue competing in the sport when she began working with coach Stewart Nicklin. "I love my sport. I love getting up early for morning training. If we get up late I'm like, 'Mum, we need to hurry up'. My mum wouldn't have minded if I gave it up, but I'm enjoying it more and more. This felt quite a long way away at one stage. I hated it. I was training hard and not getting anywhere. That somehow clicked with Stewart and it was definitely worthwhile." (barkinganddagenhampost.co.uk, 17 Sep 2019)

OCCUPATION
She is a swimming instructor at Becontree Heath Leisure Centre in Dagenham, England. (Facebook profile, 31 Dec 2020)