My name is Lucy and I love swimming. I hold a British record and in July I swam the Mencap Mile. I first got involved in swimming when I was 12. I went on a swimming course in the school holidays and really enjoyed it, so I joined a local disability swimming club.
I'm now 15 and swim with Maxwell Swimming Club in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. My coaches really work me hard, but they are nice. I train in the pool seven times a week – some mornings I have to get to the pool for 5.30am. I also do two running sessions each week.
This July I took part in the Mencap Mile – a sponsored swim at Dorney Lake near Windsor. I found out about the swim when my mum got an email from Mencap asking for help to promote the event. She asked me if I would like to take part and I said yes.
[TV personality] Johnny Ball helped to promote the Mencap Mile with me. I met him when we had some photographs taken. He talked about his family and told me lots of stories. He made me laugh.
I really enjoyed the event and came seventh overall and third in the ladies. I was very happy with that as I have never done an open water swim before and I was the youngest person to take part.
I have trained a few times in an outdoor heated pool. But Dorney Lake wasn't heated – it was cold when I first started, but I soon got warm. I couldn't see a thing in the lake, because it's all green.
Dorney Lake is one of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic venues. I would love to swim for Great Britain one day.
Swimming the Channel
My biggest competition yet was the national disability championships in March – I came fourth in the 200m freestyle for my class. In February I took the record for the British short course 800m freestyle. I was so happy when they announced the result.
My next goal is to go to the European Championships. And one day I would like to swim the English Channel. I get inspired by watching some of the top swimmers in my club and watching swimmers like Rebecca Adlington.
Sometimes training is so hard and I think it would be nice to get up late and watch TV. But sometimes training is brilliant and it puts me in a good mood. If I want to get better, I have to get on with it – I love swimming.
When I'm not swimming I like to go out to the cinema or into town with my friends. I like talking to friends on my laptop and listening to music. Every evening I have homework to do too. I go to Alfriston School in Beaconsfield. I have just been made head girl and sports ambassador.
I am in my last year now and would like to go to college when I finish and do a sports course. I would also like to take my lifeguard exam and get a part time job while I am at college. Whatever happens though, swimming has to come first.