The Olympics are the top thing that any athlete can achieve - every single person who is there is at the top of their game. You see David Beckham and Andy Murray walking around the village and it's incredible. No matter if you have a World or a Commonwealth medal, until you have that Olympic medal people don't say that's seriously impressive. Everyone recognises it, whether you're in sport or not. I felt very privileged to put on a team GB uniform, I felt like I had been given a responsibility - like I have to wear this with pride and it was a very big deal for me.
I'm currently travelling from Seattle to New York by bus and experiencing the best and the worst of American culture. It is surprising what you miss when you are away from home and it isn't always the comforts you expect it to be. What hit me this week is that being in the USA makes me miss passive aggression: I've come to realise what a core fundamental it is in British culture.
While I vaguely remember having to wear a swimming hat at Primary School, I did not start wearing a swimming hat until I was 18 when I started swimming competitively. After trying the cheap thin and terribly uncomfortable latex ones, I quickly moved to more expensive, thicker and more comfortable silicone ones.
It's not every day I do breakfast TV interviews dressed up in a Victorian swimming costume and straw hat. But it's certainly a great way to attract attention to the need for more school swimming lessons and to raise awareness of how important it is for every child to learn to swim at least 25 metres before they leave primary school - a subject really close to my heart...
Knowing how important physical exercise is to keep Parkinson's at bay, I have taken to swimming on a regular basis, in the hope this will help retain my mobility for as long as possible. The other morning as I entered the Sports Center, I was practically accosted by a woman who appeared out of nowhere.