In May of this year, young COMAST swimmer Rusha Mondal flew out to India to attend the trials for the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas. Here is her report on the experience:
How I got to the Bahamas.
My journey to the Bahamas for the Commonwealth Youth Games 2017 has only begun. So far it has been an extraordinary experience.
As I was born in India, I am eligible to compete under the Indian federation. I got in touch with the Swimming Federation of India to raise opportunities for me to compete for India at high international competitions such as the Commonwealth Games. This year the Commonwealth Youth games are going to take place in the Bahamas from July 19th -23rd. With months of correspondence I was being told by Swimming Federation of India that I had to attend the national trials to be able to be selected for the team going to the Commonwealth Youth Games.
On 30th April just after attending the Northwest Regional I boarded the flight to India for the trials. It took me 16 hours to travel to India and I had to change over in Dubai. Due to the time differences my body clock had to adapt to the different time zones, therefore leading me to stay awake for most of the duration of the flight from Dubai to India. I had to be cautious with the way I applied myself throughout the journey, as I didn’t want to become dehydrated which could lead to a bad performance at the trial. Therefore I had to drink lots of bottled water to stay hydrated.
Race day (3rd May) had to be the hottest day of my trip!! The humidity, lack of air conditioning, extreme temperatures, and scorching sun in an outdoor pool isn’t ideal when you think of putting a race suit on. I had to make sure that I was on top of making my best performance and staying hydrated was key while making sure too much drinking didn’t affect my ion levels. I had 200m breaststroke and 100m breaststroke. After I raced, people asked where I was from and I proudly said Manchester and wore the COMAST hat with pride. Sometimes I take my coaches and teammates for granted and don’t realize their positive impact on me, just not when I race but on my overall development as a player.
When I found that I was one of the two girls selected for the Indian swimming team I was overwhelmed and ecstatic that my hard work had paid off. But now it’s back to work with the Beacon squad.