CARYS Morgan has not been idle during lockdown.

The 12 year old swimmer from Llandinam is one of the emerging talents at Chirk Dragons Swimming Club.

The sport has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, rolling lockdowns and social restrictions with Swim Wales unable to run any national squad camps, training days or international competitions.

However Swim Wales National Performance Centre has been running a series of virtual engagement and skill development sessions for their squads via Zoom over the past few months, with provisional plans for practical activity later in the season.

Carys has found these sessions interesting, engaging and helpful and enjoyed meeting her peers and coaches.

Topics covered to date are ‘Winning Behaviours and Effective Communication’ and ‘Land Training Sessions.’

Like many other Swim Wales members, Carys was delighted to be able to compete in Swim Wales, first of its kind, Super Series virtual competition.

This was to have taken place over three stages with the top eight in each age group able to submit their times for the Super Final.

Unfortunately, due to the rolling national lockdowns, the event had to be closed after stage 3.

This was still a fantastic opportunity to get back to some competition with Carys delighted to have had the opportunity to participate, as there has been no other competitions since March 2020.

Carys is grateful to Swim Wales, Head Coach Steve Parker and Team at Chirk Dragons Swimming Club, Officials and Volunteers that made this event happen.

Carys claimed gold in the 200m Butterfly and bronze medals in the 50m Breaststroke and 200m Breaststroke.

She also just missed out on a podium place in several other events, including the 100m Breaststroke, 100m Butterfly and 100m Individual Medley, ending fourth in each, while ending fifth in the 50m Butterfly.