Born in Sunderland on 14th October 1996, Matthew James "Matt" Wylie is a British swimmer with cerebral palsy who competes as a parasport athlete competing as a S9 classification swimmer competing mainly in freestyle events. In 2016 he took gold in the 50m freestyle at the IPC European Championships and was also selected for the Great Britain team at the Summer Paralympics in Rio.

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February 4th, 2018 by Matt Wylie


I began swimming after a serious leg injury at the age of 9, I had a bone tumour which lead to a fracture in my femur. Due to extensive surgery I was required to participate in hydro therapy which is kind of like walking around in a swimming pool. After this I was encouraged to start swimming, so I joined a club and began swimming a few times a week...

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February 1st, 2018 by Matt Wylie


Finding time to stretch after a session is often impossible. We have buses/trains to catch, our parents are telling us to hurry up, and we often prioritise food. But stretching is often the easiest thing we miss out on that could contribute to making us better athletes.

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October 2nd, 2017 by Kathryn Johnstone


It’s been some time since I’ve been in the pool properly, as I mentioned in my previous blog I was only just starting back after my retirement from competitive swimming. It’s a skill that you can’t unlearn apparently, just like riding a bike, although it certainly feels like I’ve forgotten. If only I could get my brain to forget what swimming at peak fitness was like, if it could just forget as successfully as my body has.

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September 29th, 2017 by Lowri Tynan

The Pre-Season Struggle

The 4-6weeks at the beginning of the new season can be a struggle. Not only do you have to re-adapt to the early morning rises, but if you are anything like me, in the 3-4 weeks you’ve had off after the last meet of the season, minimal exercise has been done and a relaxed diet has been emphasised!

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September 12th, 2017 by Kathryn Johnstone

A Slight Kit Obsession

Every month, our blogger and ex-swimmer Lowri Tynan will provide us with with insights into what it takes to be a professional swimmer. Lowri's first blog will highlight her slight obsession with swimming kit, and how important it is to have the right kit...

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September 6th, 2017 by Lowri Tynan

Introducing ... Kathryn Johnstone!

Each month our blogger Kathryn Johnstone will share her product reviews, training tips, swimming memories and experiences with you to try and provide a small insight into the life of an elite athlete and to try and help you with your swimming future. Kathryn is a newly retired elite swimmer from Scotland and represented her country at the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games in the 50m & 100m breaststroke. Kathryn has also represented Great Britain at the 2015 World University Games and the 2011 & 2012 Berlin World Cups, winning Silver in the 50m breaststroke at the 2012 meet.

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August 30th, 2017 by Kathryn Johnstone

The secret life of new swimwear

The sun is shining brightly outside so it must be time to start thinking about the next Autumn/Winter range, but hang on a minute – we’ve just completed that! Help, I live in the futuristic world of design, what season is it?!

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August 8th, 2017 by Miss Butterfly

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