Countdown to Olympic trials for Richmond Dales Swimmer
Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012
For many, the Olympics are a distant exhibition of athletic talents and a sporting dream, but for sixteen year old Luke Buxton, a shot at the Olympics is a day to day demanding training schedule.
His time of 56.96 in the 100m butterfly at the Northumberland and Durham County Championships in February, qualified him for the Olympic Trials in London on 8th March.
Head Coach Ryan Livingstone, who has coached Luke for 5 years, said that preparation for the Olympic Trials is an intense and exhausting process for Luke. "He has trained well over this season and has improved both his strokes and times and winning Senior Titles at both Regional and County Championships. Luke’s good technique, clean dive and fast turns give him a sound base for the trials."
Luke will compete against top swimmers from all across the country and a host of top level International Competitors testing the London Pool before Olympic Games.
Only the top two swimmers in the trials will join the GB Olympic Team and swim at the 2012 Olympics in London.
"I'm really excited to be racing at the trials and really looking forward to being one of the first to race at the Olympic Pool." Luke said.
Luke trains up to 20 hours per week which includes 8 Pool sessions at both Richmond Swimming Pool and Catterick Leisure Centre and 3 Strength & Conditioning at Liberty Health Club.
Previous Richmond Dales Swimmers have made it not only to the trials but to the Olympics such as sisters Joanne and Nicola Jackson who both excelled in Freestyle with Joanne winning a Bronze medal at the Beijing Games.