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The Beijing Olympics 10km marathon swimming bronze medallists answers readers’ questions on dyslexia, diet and swimming with her eyes closed

What does swimming mean to you?

Swimming has always been my solace. When I was at primary school, I was diagnosed with severe dyslexia. School was never a place where I really excelled, but what got me through the long days was the idea of going training in the evening. I have always loved being in and around water. My idea of a good day out when I was growing up always involved a swimming pool. Being in the water is the only environment where I feel truly free. Unfortunately I do not swim as much as I would like now, as my shoulder is still sore but I have not yet lost my competitive edge, so swimming as slow as I do upsets me.

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In our fifth anniversary issue we take a look back at the first five years of H2Open magazine as well as looking to the future and asking ,where will swimming take you in 2016? Whatever your level of swimming, there is a challenge out there for you! If that challenge is a winter swimming competition, we have plenty of top tips and expert advice on swimming in icy water. But if the cold doesn’t really do it for you, we have destination reports from sunny Bermuda and the German lakes. In this issue we also profile four young BLDSA swimmers as well as catching up with open water swimming champions Keri-anne Payne and Cassie Patten. Plus all the usual training, technique and nutrition advice and gear reviews. Happy swimming!
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