British Championships: Rising star Georgia up for challenge

13 April 2015 / 18:04

Georgia Davies is determined to move things on another level - starting at this week's British Swimming Championships in London.

Twelve months ago, Davies kicked off a summer to remember by claiming her first ever British 100m backstroke title alongside silver in the 50m backstroke in Glasgow.

The Tollcross International Swimming pool would prove to be a happy hunting ground too, with the 24-year-old returning north of the border to claim 50m gold and 100m silver medals for Wales at the Commonwealth Games.

Further trips to the podium would follow too at the European Championships with two bronzes and a silver – the latter in the 50m backstroke – added to her collection in Berlin.

A well-earned rest followed before Davies started turning her attention to the 2015 season, including heading out to Florida recently for warm weather training.

This summer sees the World Championships take place in Russia with the forthcoming national championships doubling up as trials – an opportunity Davies is keen to exploit.

“The times are really hard for the World Championships,” she said. 

“For the 100m backstroke it is the time I that I swam in the final of the Commonwealth Games which was my personal best.

“But I think it’s good that the times are so tough as it pushes up the standard of swimming.

“Last year was great for me. I moved to Loughborough in 2013 and I did not know how it was going to pan out and how quickly things would happen.

“But to come away with two medals and two personal bests at Glasgow and then to have success at the Europeans, that was a dream. I did not expect that it would all come together so quickly in the year.

“Now it’s about stepping things up again this year. It was nice to win two medals last year at the British Championships although my aim this year is the 100m as that is the one I will trying to get selected for the World Championship for.”

This week’s British Championships take place at the London Aquatics Centre – the first time the venue has held the event since the 2012 Olympic trials.

And with next year’s Games in Rio edging ever closer, Davies admits the Olympic link is not lost on her.

“I love the pool in London. We had a holding camp there ahead of the Commonwealth Games as well as a relay camp recently,” she added.

“It’s changed a lot since the Olympics with the sides changing but it’s still an unbelievable pool.

“I don’t like to think too far ahead and just focus on the here and now but Rio is going to be at the back of my mind.

“That is the ultimate for any swimmer and it will come round fairly quickly so I just have to keep working hard.”

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