I’m really looking forward to the British Gas Swimming Championships in Sheffield on March 29th – as it’s the first chance to qualify for the Commonwealth Games later in the year. Obviously the 800m and 400m are my main focus, but I’d also really like to qualify for the 4x200m relay, as I love the race.
As I have said before, if everything goes to plan, the Commonwealth Games in Delhi will be the first time I have ever raced for England and I’m excited about taking on my friends from the other home nations. As we normally compete as Great Britain, its always a bit of a surprise to see team mates racing for Scotland and Wales as I sometimes just assume they’re English!
I expect the overall competition to be strong as all the best swimmers in Britain will be competing, so the meet will be a good challenge. I also hope the atmosphere will be the same as Duel in the Pool and the recent GB vs Germany meet, as it was electric and the crowd noise was unbelievable – it really does lift you as an athlete!
Tickets are still on sale for the meet at: http://www.swimmingresults.org/events/bstrials10/tickets/orderform.php