Love of swimming keeps Becky in the pool to fulfil Olympic dream

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ROTHERHAM’S Olympic swimmer Becky Turner has revealed how her love of the sport prevented her from quitting after the Commonwealth Games in Delhi two years ago.

The 19-year-old former Wickersley school student sensationally qualified for this summer’s 200 metre freestyle individual race and a place in both the 100m and 200m relay squads in London.

But she said after a disappointing Commonwealth Games experience she almost gave up the sport that has been part of her life since starting to swim competitively as an eight-year-old.

She told The Star: “I went to the Commonweath Games in Delhi and I didn’t get a swim in the relay - the season was too long and things just didn’t work out right.

“When I came back all my friends were going off to university and I was still at home spending another year at college spreading out my A Levels for more time for my swimming, and I was just thinking I want to move on and do all this stuff.”

However, Turner’s long time City of Sheffield Swimming Club coach Russ Barber, who set her the goal of reaching the Olympics when the news of the Games coming to London was announced in 2005, convinced her that she had the talent to make it to the very top.

Turner, who has set personal bests at 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle this year, said: “After sitting down with Russ we had a good long talk and I eventually realised that this is what I was made to do.

“I love it and I wouldn’t want to do anything else.

“Sometimes you need to step aside and see what you have.

“Sometimes it is hard, but it is amazing.”

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