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Friday 21 November 2014

Morgan Berryman aiming for Commonwealth Games

Pool plan: Teenager Morgan Berryman has been out ill
Pool plan: Teenager Morgan Berryman has been out ill

A chest infection has knocked Belfast swimmer Morgan Berryman off his stride at just the wrong time – but he believes there's still time to secure a place at this summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The 16-year-old City of Belfast flyer came away from the Ulster Short Course Championships at the start of the swimming season with a hat-ful of medals – including gold in the 400m and 1500m freestyle.

However Berryman has had to sit and wait patiently this month after picking up a chest infection, which has severely hampered his training and routines in the build up to the Glasgow 2014 Games.

It has not been the ideal scenario but Berryman insists he is still in with a chance.

"This season has been quite up and down," said Berryman. "I've been out for the last few weeks – I had a chest infection and then that was carried on by my asthma so I'm only really getting back into it.

"I'm normally training eight or nine times a week in the pool. The last few weeks I've done four sessions, so I've lost a bit of feel for the water, but I'm getting back into it.

"I'm on the Ireland high performance squad. I've been in that for three years now. With the setback, I think it will be a lot more difficult to make the Commonwealths than I thought it would be, but (it is) not out of reach," says the RBAI pupil.

And Berryman admits that a trip to the European Junior Championships before Glasgow 2014 would be just as good.

"If I do get to the Commonwealths, I still hope to go to European juniors," he added.

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