British swimming star David Davies won an Olympic bronze medal at the 2004 Games in Athens.
Over the coming months on 606, David will be providing an insight into his preparations for the Bejing Games later this year.
After a few months in Australia, Iíve returned to the UK ready for Olympic year.
Back in November I took the long flight out to Australia for a two-month training camp on the Gold coast, Queensland.
British swimming has used the Gold coast for long winter camps every year since the last Olympics.
And the majority of the British team head down there to train together in top class facilities with the luxury of a bit of sun on their backs while enduring the miles being swam in the pool.
This year I decided to stay out for a longer period and remain out there over the Christmas period.
Iíd never trained on Christmas day before but in preparation for Beijing I want to do everything I can this year to help get the best performance.
Training went really well while I was out there, although getting up on Christmas morning was a bit strange and having Christmas in the sun was very surreal - it didnít feel Christmassy at all.
My family came out to spend Christmas with me however, and we had a great time doing Christmas Ozzie style with a BBQ and afternoon on the beach for a light swim.
We still pulled some crackers and had a few mince pies to keep up with normal traditions.
In between all the tough training I spent time on the beach doing a bit of body boarding and I also tried a bit of jet skiing which was amazing.
Outdoor activities in Oz are everywhere especially around the beaches so it was good to get out and about at weekends to take my mind off swimming.
At home I normally try to watch the Bluebirds (Cardiff City) at weekends so keeping up with their progress was hard in Australia as they are 10 hours in front and donít show much football.
My dad would text me the result so Iíd wake up on the Sunday morning knowing how they'd got on then Iíd read the match report on the internet.
They were slumping down the table when I first arrived in Oz but they seemed to have rallied together and are doing much better now. Iíll definitely go down and watch them when Iím back home in Barry.
The swimming world is fairly quiet at the moment. Everyone is just knuckling down with some tough winter work in preparation for next year.
The European short course championships in Hungary saw some fast swimming in 25m pool, but everyone has obviously got their minds on Beijing in August.
There was a breaking story while I was in Australia that Grant Hackett has asthma.
He is a fantastic natural athlete so I would guess it doesnít hinder him to much, heís done well so far in his career anyway.
He is loved over there and rightly so as he's a real Aussieís man. He will be the favourite again for his third Olympic Gold in 1500m in Beijing - heís the man to beat.
Now that Iím back I feel in a very good state of fitness and will be looking to build on the good work done on the Gold coast to move forward.
I have the European Championships in Eindhoven in March, which will be a good challenge before ultimately the Olympics come round in August.
Itís all happening so fast and itís going to be an amazing year to be part of.
Iíll hopefully be updating my diary before the European champs, thanks for reading.