Greenbank shares his experince of Australia

11 Jan 2016

Luke Greenbank broke onto the scene after winning gold and bronze at 2014’s Youth Olympic Games and since then he has continued his progress. He travelled to Baku in 2015 for the European Games and started his campaign with gold in the 100m Backstroke and then secured not only the gold in the 200m Backstroke but also the world junior record. Here he shares the experience of warm weather training camps after his return from Australia.

2016 has started off really well, I've just come back from six weeks in Australia, where I've been training on the Gold Coast with Mel Marshall and the City of Derby squad. The facilities out there were amazing and we got a really good block of work done.

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I also got the chance to train with Mitch Larkin who is the world champion for 100 and 200 backstroke. To train with someone of his experience was amazing and one of my highlights. I learnt a lot and I’ve tried to put that into my work through 2016.

I've also recently just come back from Berlin where I was competing at the ISM 2016, I came away with a gold in the 100 and 200 back and I’m pretty happy with where I am at this point in the season.

I've had a good block of training leading up to the British champs, I'm really looking forward to racing in Glasgow but at the same time I haven't put too much pressure on myself. I am competing in both the 100m and 200m. I like the pool in Glasgow too. We competed there in 2014 and it was great. The people are always really friendly too.

Training’s been going really well recently. I think the six week block of hard training in Australia has really helped as I don't get much chance to train long course at home very often. I'm really pleased with the training I've been doing and hopefully that will help me to improve at the British champs.

One of the main thing that I've been working on this year is trying new race strategies and seeing what works best for me. I've also been trying to improve some little things on my start and turns to make them that little bit sharper.