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  • Joanne Jackson 4:55 pm on March 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    adidas- Take the Stage Team GB Kit Launch 

    As I said in my last post, it was my week off from full time training last week. The whole week was great fun and one of the best parts was going to the adidas Team GB kit launch in London.

    This was on Wednesday 21st March and took place in London Bridge.  I felt really lucky to be able to see the Stella McCartney designed range ahead of the Olympics and I actually got to meet Stella McCartney!

    The entire day and experience was awesome. Everyone there, especially the athletes were very excited. It was fantastic to see some of the kit I’ll be wearing in a few months’ time. I absolutely love it. I think adidas have done a fantastic job and I can’t wait to see the rest of the kit in June.

    It was a quite nerve racking walking down the runway as it felt like there were thousands of people watching. However, once I got out there I loved it. Thankfully I didn’t trip up either which I was relieved about!

    You can see the video of the runway show here on the Telegraph website.

    Look out for me on the left hand side of the screen!

    Stay in touch on twitter. My address is @joannejackson86

  • Joanne Jackson 4:39 pm on March 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    A busy week away from the pool 

    Last week my training programme was more relaxed with a week’s designated rest. However, I still had a busy week away from the pool!

    I viewed my week off full time training as the perfect opportunity to see my family and carry out some of my sponsor commitments.

    I had a great weekend at home for mother’s day. It was so lovely to be at home, chill out and see all my family.

    On the Monday I had a full day of media and sponsor activity. The first part of my day was a photo-shoot in London for a well-known glossy magazine. All the crew were lovely and I felt very spoilt getting my hair and makeup done. I was styled in gorgeous designer dresses, definitely one of the perks of the job! The feature will be coming out in June so watch this space!

    After the shoot I headed to a coffee shop for an interview with a national newspaper journalist. This was mainly in relation to my role with Boots and its work with the charity Macmillan. We squeezed in a super quick shoot in the park; thank goodness the weather was on our side that day (and my make up was already done from the shoot!).

    Once I was finished in London, I hopped back on the train home and then headed straight on to Nottingham to do some work with my sponsor Cirrus Health Care.

    I attended St Arnold swimming club where I gave a swimming lesson to a group of children on behalf of Cirrus Health Care. I enjoy giving lessons especially to children so this was a breeze!  Check out the photos in my gallery.

    The next stage of my week off was going to the adidas Take The stage Team GB kit launch in London but I will save that for my next post.

    I will also be giving daily updates via my twitter account here: @joannejackson86

  • Joanne Jackson 3:51 pm on March 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    London 2012: A dream turns into reality 

    Two weeks ago at the British Gas Swimming Championships which took place at the Aquatics Centre at the Olympic Park in London, I qualified for this year’s Olympic Games.

    I think the reality of this huge step has finally sunk in. I am so excited to represent my country at the Olympics for the third time. This is made even more thrilling because the Olympics are being held in London.

    When I was growing up it’s something I could not even imagine happening. I am so happy that I get to compete at an Olympic Games taking place in my own country; swimming in front of a home crowd is going to really inspire me.

    I was really pleased with the progress I made at the Olympic trials earlier this month. I think everything is now going in the right direction for me.  I cannot thank all the people who have supported me such as my coach, family and sponsors, enough. Cirrus Health Care have been a particularly hands on and supportive sponsor.

    The meet itself was run amazingly well and there was some very fast swimming. It’s great how everyone stepped up to make the GB team. There are also some new youngsters on the team, which is fantastic news for the future of British Swimming.

    In my training group of eight swimmers in Loughborough, five of us have qualified for the Games, which is amazing. I can’t wait to make the journey through this year with them. We all get on really well so it’s great to share this experience. There are another set of trials in June for people that just missed out so hopefully some more of our group will qualify then.

    In April I am going to our national squad camp which will be held in London. It’s going to be great spending a week with the rest of the Olympic squad.

    I will keep you all updated on my Olympic preparation and everything I get up to on the way.

    For daily updates follow me on twitter @joannejackson86

  • Joanne Jackson 9:59 am on February 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Taper down- preparation for the trials 

    The British Gas National Swimming Championships 2012 at the new Aquatics Centre at the Olympic Park in London start in less than a week.

    I cannot quite believe how quickly this event has come around. I think time is flying at the moment because it is such a busy and exhilarating time for us. This is a really important event as it is a chance for us to qualify for this year’s Olympics.

    With only a week to go my training regime has radically changed. Right now I must rest my body and stay perfectly healthy. This period is called a ‘Taper down’. I have been ‘tapering’ for just over a week already now. This means reducing work in the pool and bringing the metres down. I also do less hard sessions.

    Prior to this I was in a really tough training period so it is nice to feel rested. Plus this type of regime brings on a good feeling; you start to feel really strong in the pool. When we start to taper down, the competition feels very real and I begin to mentally prepare for the race.

    There are going to be some very exciting races at the trials. I cannot wait to be part of the whole event, once I have finished racing I am looking forward to cheering on the rest of my GB teammates.

    I’ll let you know how it all goes and will be tweeting @joannejackson86 so please follow me to stay updated!

  • Joanne Jackson 5:56 pm on February 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Tenerife Training 

    I am writing this from Tenerife as I am out here on a three week training camp with the rest of the squad from Loughborough.

    I absolutely love being in the sun and training outdoors. Of course, I am also very happy training at Loughborough as the facilities are great. However, it is nice to get away from the cold weather and have the feeling of the sun on my back when I am training.

    There is now not long at all to go until the Olympic trials in March. These will take place in the new Aquatics Centre in London.

    This training camp in Tenerife is my last period of hard training before the trials. Once I return to the UK I will start to taper down and this means an altered training regime prior to racing.

    I cannot believe how quickly the Olympic trials have come around. It seems like the last Olympic trials were five minutes ago!

    I am really looking forward to getting to London and racing in the Olympic pool. It is such an exciting time for sport in Great Britain at the moment and it is wonderful to be part of it.

    The trials start on Saturday 3rd March and run until Friday 9th March. I will be updating my twitter account @joannejackson86 with the results, including mine.

    Please keep a look out and your good luck tweets are always welcomed!

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