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Guest Blog: Matt Whorwood – My final preparations for London 2012

Four years. Four Christmases, four birthdays and 208 Monday morning starts.

It has been a long journey since my first Paralympic Games in Beijing and now I sit on the brink of my London 2012 experience. Today is the day I leave to go on the holding camp where I will be making my final preparations before the racing begins in London. Of course I have nerves and am filled to the brim with anxiety mixed with excitement but I also feel very much prepared. I know I have done everything I could over the past four years, and in the years before that, to get me ready to perform at my best.

I have worked with some fantastic people along the way, and am truly thankful for all of the support I have received. Not only has my coach, Billy Pye, my fellow training buddies in Swansea and the relevant sports science divisions put me in the best place physically but I owe a lot to people outside this group. I am indebted to my parents for allowing me to fulfil my passion of sport, they had to endure all the early mornings before I could drive, and continue following me around the world with cheers, and occasional tears! Of course, I give thanks to Adapted Vehicle Hire also for all their support.

Four years. Four Christmases, four birthdays and 208 Monday morning starts have come to this. I leave for my second Paralympic Games ready and determined to swim fast and at my best.

Paralympian Matt Whorwood, who has a condition called Achondroplasia, which is a type of dwarfism, is sponsored by rental firm Adapted Vehicle Hire. Due to Matt’s disability, he relies on a specialist adapted car to get him to training and university. Read more about him here.