Swimmer Cunnington prepares for road to Paralympics

After the dust settled paralympic swimmer Tammy Cunnington has been able to relax and take a break before she ramps up her training.

Former Ponoka resident Tammy Cunnington is ramping up her training in her goal to make it the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics in 2016.

Former Ponoka resident Tammy Cunnington is ramping up her training in her goal to make it the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics in 2016.

After the dust settled from the Parapan Am Games, paralympic swimmer Tammy Cunnington has been able to relax and take a break before she ramps up her training.

For Cunnington that means 1,400 metres of swimming a day and two low stress workouts a day. “Keeping my heart rate at 130-ish (beats per minute),” she explained.

She says serious training routines usually bring her heart rate up to 165 to 170 BPM.

“The light training is a chance to focus on your technique,” she added.

Training with aerobic: building a heart rate up and anaerobic: building her muscles up, helps Cunnington work on style and form and then push her body to become stronger. These exercises are helping her focus for the next Can-Am parameet set for December in Bismarck, North Dakota.

“It will be our last chance to earn a spot allocation for Rio,” said Cunnington.

This meet will be a team effort because the better the Canadian Paralympic athletes do, the more spots they will have in the swimming category for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“I’m really excited at the potential of making it to Rio,” said Cunnington.

Her goal is to continue on with the momentum gained at the Parapan Am Games.