One of the major hurdles in the run up to the Games is done and dusted and I don’t mind admitting it’s a relief! The small matter of qualifying!
I’ve been saying for the last three and a half years that I’m not taking anything for granted and the main goal is to qualify. So I’m very pleased that the British Gas Championships, which doubled as Olympic trials, went so well. Having qualified for the 400m and 800m Freestyle events I can now look forward to the main event.
All I can say is that the Aquatics Centre – where the trials happened and the Olympic swimming will take place – is unbelievable. It not only looks great, but it’s brilliant for the spectators and swimmers alike. The atmosphere at trials was really good, but I imagine it will be at another level during the Games themselves. They will be using the full capacity of the venue and the thought of swimming in front of a British crowd at the London Olympics is mind blowing. Truly a once in a lifetime event!
But…there’s still a few months to go. I’m already back in heavy training, which is as tough as ever, but I’m so motivated to perform that I don’t even give it a second thought. There’s no room for complacency after all the hard work I’ve put in for the last three and a half years – I’ll be leaving nothing to chance.
I’ve got an overseas training camp in early May and a couple of competitions prior to the Games. In July there’s a holding camp for the whole of the swimming team, before we arrive at the Olympic Village.
Bring it on!