Swimming: Home comforts can aid Ellie’s world bid

Ellie Faulkner during her Women's 800m Freestyle Heat in London last summer.
Ellie Faulkner during her Women's 800m Freestyle Heat in London last summer.
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It’s going to be a busy few days for Ellie Faulkner at Ponds Forge next week. But that’s nothing new.

The 20-year-old Olympian is a regular at the pool from as early as 5am six days a week.

It is just part of a gruelling training routine that Faulkner hopes, who has just completed her first year doing a degree in Sports Development and Coaching at Sheffield Hallam University, will help her qualify for this summer’s World Championships in Barcelona.

First of all she has to battle through the British Championships at Ponds Forge next week where the former Westbourne and All Saints school student will compete in the 200, 400, 800 and 1,500 metres.

Starting next Wednesday she not only has to beat the best of British but also achieve strict qualification times. She said: “I’ll be in the pool every day except one so it’ll be a busy week for me.

“Training has been going well but I’ll just be trying to do what I can do and seeing where it takes me. I can’t do any more than that.”

Home advantage could prove crucial, she said: “Racing in Sheffield at the British Championships is always good because I know Ponds Forge so well.

“It gives you a level of comfort that you know your way around and you can just focus on your performance. It’s just a matter of doing what I can do.”

* Tickets for the British Gas Swimming Championships at Ponds Forge, June 26-30, are available through the British Swimming website: www.swimming.org