Mansfield swimmer Charlotte Henshaw had a summer of success last year, breaking European records in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke. At last years IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow she came away with a silver medal in the women's SB6 100m breaststroke, setting a new time of 1:36.94.
In this video she talks about the importance of strong mindset for swimmers, plus some of the challenges that she has faced in her swimming career:
Henshaw has represented Great Britain at two Paralympic games so far and says that she's got plenty more left to give at the competition in Rio this September.
“We have trials in April which will be a big milestone in the countdown to the Games. It’s just about knuckling down in training now and getting the race prep right. You can’t really afford to look past April.”
“Last season was a great season for me post-trials. I was a bit disappointed with trials but after that I broke my European record three times in three weeks,”
“We had quite an early World Championships last year so we were back in the pool quite early and then the Paralympics are quite late so it’s going to be quite a long season.”
“I was fourth in Beijing and then I got silver in London and now I want to improve on that again.”
The Nova Centurion swimmer was speaking at the launch of the new “Supercharge ParalympicsGB” campaign which gives the public a chance to show their support for the country's Paralympic athletes. Throughout 2016 and beyond the public can support our athletes through fundraising, donations and taking part in 'Supercharge' fan activities.
Henshaw believes that the new campaign will prove highly valuable in the lead up to the games in September.
“I think it’s a great idea, with the Paralympics being in Rio this time around, it’s going to be a different experience from London in front of our home fans,” said Henshaw.
“It’s great to try and keep that support and it really helps the athletes so much.
“I think the idea of supercharging, it brings association with superheroes which is what we had around London.
“Any way we can get support to continue that legacy of London the better. Just knowing that you have people rooting for you back home is a big boost.”
Support the Supercharge Paralympics GB campaign and find out more at www.paralympics.org.uk/supercharge