GEORGIA DAVIES

MOTIVATION

What got you started

My best friend's mum took us both to lessons and we joined a club.

How do you set your goals?

I am a bit of a perfectionist and I always want to do things just that little bit better each time. I always look at the top swimmers in the world and compare myself.

Do you have a word, mantra or motto that you live your life by?

It's not really a motto but I always want to give 100% so that when I look back on my career I won't have any regrets.

What is your biggest source of motivation?

The feeling you get when you win a medal or do a personal best time. I find you can't get that feeling from anything else, it's incredible and helps me push through the hard training because I know it will be worth it.

TRAINING

Favourite place to train and why?

Anywhere sunny in an outdoor pool. It makes a session much more enjoyable.

Favourite training sessions?

Speed sessions with lots of fast sprints. Also love doing under water and breath control stuff. My fins are my favourite!

Least favourite training sessions?

Sort interval work where you can't catch your breath for ages! But it's important and has to be done now and again.

What exercise do you absolutely dislike but do anyways because you know it works?

Max heart rate and short interval work.

Favourite song/s you workout to?

We don't listen to music in the pool but in the gym, anything up beat I can sing along to!

MIND MATTERS

What do you do to mentally train yourself?

Tell myself that the pain you go through in training will make the race feel easy.

What weaknesses have you overcome and how?

My lack of confidence. By facing my nerves and doing more and more competitions. Th more you do. The easier it gets and the more you believe in your ability.

Do you have a word, mantra or motto that you live your life by?

Always do your best, you can't do any more.

What's your best advice for dealing with mental negativity? How do you get out of your own head?

A quote that my coach told me, something along the lines of "whether you think you can or can't, your probably right" - always believe in yourself and your ability.

RACING

What is your favourite race?

Qualifying for the London Olympics at the Olympic pool last year. And then racing at the Olympics in front of 17000 people! The cheers were so loud!

When you go into competition, what's going through your head?

Nervousness, excitement, race preparation.

When are you the most nervous while you are competing?

Before the first race of the meet. It's always good to get one race done to get you in the swing of the meet and brush away the cobwebs. I sometimes enter a random even before my main event just to get me in to the meet.

Do you hear the crowd roaring when you’re competing?

Not always, but my races have lots of under water. Sometimes I can hear a voice if they shout loud enough. London Olympics was the first meet I heard the crowd while I was underwater.

Best tip for race day?

Be organised and prepared.

What was the last piece of advice your coach said to you before you competed?

You have done all the hard work, so just get out there and have fun and do what you know best and race. He always tells me to stick to my own race plan.

What is your ultimate goal as an athlete?

It was to compete at an Olympic Games, but now I have done that, I want to make it to another Olympics in Rio, and this time make the final.

FUN STUFF

What is your worst habit?

Online shopping!

If your life was a movie what would be the title?

If you were an animal what would you be and why? A kitten, because I have a kitten and she is so adorable!

If you were an animal what would you be and why?

A kitten, because I have a kitten and she is so adorable!

Who would you say is your biggest fan and why?

Both my parents. They see how hard I train and have supported me through my entire career in every way imaginable.

What are the 5 things you cannot live without?

  • My parents
  • My boyfriend
  • My iPad
  • My bed
  • Food

What is something about you that many people do not know?

I am fluent in Welsh.

Finish this sentence: 10 years from now, I will be...

I will be... 32! (which is scary) ...a double Olympian (hopefully) and have achieved all my goals in swimming...maybe have started a career outside of swimming and even started a family.

Georgia Davies - Swimming

FAST FACTS

Age 23
Location Swansea, Wales
Sport Swimming
Years in sport 11

MOTTO

"I always want to give 100% so that when I look back on my career I won't have any regrets"

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