Litchfield determined to stay positive

20 Mar 2020

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic and subsequent government advice has led to the cancellation or postponement of countless sporting events, including the British Swimming Championships and British Para-Swimming International Meet.

For many athletes, though, training continues, in some form or another.

Rio 2016 Olympian Max Litchfield, who trains at the National Centre in Loughborough, has given an update on the situation at his training base, as public health remains the overwhelming primary priority. 

"It's such an unprecedented situation for everyone, and no-one has ever experienced this before in my lifetime," he said when interviewed on Sky Sports News.

"Across the country, different leisure centres and pools and gyms have got different outlooks on it. Some are closing straightaway, some are staying open as long as possible.

"The most important thing is athlete health and health across the country. So if places do need to close and that means we can't train, obviously that has to take precedence and we will train from home and find another option.

"But looking forward, it's just a matter of making the most of the situation you're presented with and trying to stay positive throughout the whole thing."

That positivity means Litchfield and his fellow athletes are focused on doing all they can to continue preparing for future events – whether that is using their usual facilities or within their own home.

"At the moment, we have been quite lucky over here in Loughborough that, as far as things stand, the facilities are still open, we're still able to train here in the pool and in the gym as well," he added.

"Hopefully that continues over the next few weeks and we don't get the disruption that, unfortunately, many athletes have got across the country.

"We're planning and putting precautions in place, preparing in case the worst does happen and we get told we can't swim or we can't go into the gym and we have to train from home.

"But while we've got that access, we're just going to make the most of it really."

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