Dimmock delighted to start Olympic adventure in Nanjing

Golfer Annabel Dimmock insists she is looking to lay the foundations for future success at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing.

The 17-year-old has already enjoyed a year to remember, kicking things off by winning the Jones Doherty Cup in America in January before following it up with success at the Helen Holm Scottish Open Strokeplay Championship at Royal Troon in April.

But she could yet cap it off in even more impressive style with these results seeing her selected as one of 33 athletes chosen to represent Team GB at the second summer Youth Olympic Games, kicking off in Nanjing on August 16.

However, Dimmock is not about to get ahead of herself and while she is adamant she will be doing all she can to return from China with a medal around her neck, the teenager is more concerned with soaking up every second as she begins her Olympic journey.

“The Youth Olympic Games is something I have been thinking about from the start of the season so it is amazing to be selected for the team,” she said.

“When I won in America at the start of the year that was kind of the start for me and it gave me confidence to have a good year which is what I have done because I then went on and won in Scotland which was great.

“But the Youth Olympic Games will be even bigger and while I have been to Hong Kong before on holiday I have never played golf in China so I can’t wait to experience that.

“Being selected really brings home that I am heading in the right direction and it gets me thinking about a senior Olympics and I would love to do that one day.

“So I will try and learn and take as much away from China as I can. It will be great to hang around with all the other athletes from other sports and learn from them and pick up as much as I can because everyone there are winners and work hard for it, like I try to do.”

Dimmock is no stranger to representing Great Britain, having just returned from the Curtis Cup where she was unable to prevent Team GB from falling to a 13-7 defeat to America.

However Dimmock is not about to let lightning strike twice, adamant she will not fluff her lines on the international stage a second time around.

“I love representing Great Britain and I love being part of a team, I think it brings the best out of me,” she added.

“The Curtis Cup was great and another great experience but unfortunately we couldn’t quite get the win but I can hopefully turn that around in China.

“Representing Great Britain is always a proud moment and it adds to the whole event and brings the best out of me so hopefully I will do it again in China.”

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