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Sport was an important part of my Swansea life

The swim team was a hugely important part of my Swansea life, particularly in my final year. Staying active in a sport I’d loved since my youth provided not only physical fitness and a friendship network, but it also helped me switch off from the pressures of academic life, therefore helping my mental wellbeing.

Early morning training sessions before exams became a ritual for me that helped me relax and focus on something other than the exam itself. The club also allowed me to meet people I’d never normally come across through my studies; people from across the university in terms of age, subjects studied and the level of swimming abilities.

The club welcomed everyone and was a place where complete novices trained alongside athletes who represented their countries at swimming/triathlon. It was a judgement-free club, both in and out of the pool.

I was lucky enough to be part of the competitive squad, the highlight representing Welsh Universities at BUSA events, where the emphasis was on the team pulling together to swim well and enjoy ourselves in the process. Some of the best friends I made were from the team, and I am so very grateful to the coach and to my fellow swimmers for making it such a memorable part of my Swansea life.