My best friend's mum took us both to lessons and we joined a club.
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.
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.
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.
Anywhere sunny in an outdoor pool. It makes a session much more enjoyable.
Speed sessions with lots of fast sprints. Also love doing under water and breath control stuff. My fins are my favourite!
Sort interval work where you can't catch your breath for ages! But it's important and has to be done now and again.
Max heart rate and short interval work.
We don't listen to music in the pool but in the gym, anything up beat I can sing along to!
Tell myself that the pain you go through in training will make the race feel easy.
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.
Always do your best, you can't do any more.
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.
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!
Nervousness, excitement, race preparation.
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.
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.
Be organised and prepared.
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.
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.
If you were an animal what would you be and why? A kitten, because I have a kitten and she is so adorable!
A kitten, because I have a kitten and she is so adorable!
Both my parents. They see how hard I train and have supported me through my entire career in every way imaginable.
I am fluent in Welsh.
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.
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