City duo’s sights on Glasgow medals

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How hopeful are you of performing well in the Commonwealth Games?

How hopeful are you of performing well in the Commonwealth Games?

Rebecca: “I have something to prove because I didn’t do myself justice in the last games in Delhi. This time around I’m feeling positive because training has been going the best it ever has. Despite not performing as well as I hoped in the British trials I definitely have a shot at a medal.”

Ellie: “I can’t wait to race the people in the Commonwealth - I’ve competed at junior level but this is a completely different ball game. I’m looking forward to getting stuck in there and racing hard and hopefully bringing back some medals.”

What difference will the games being held in Glasgow make?

Ellie: “It will gives us a huge advantage as we are just down the road. Also conditions will be improved from the previous games as there were problems in India like fears about drinking the water and other things you take for granted over here.”

Rebecca: “Psychologically it will give the team a boost and family and friends can come and watch which always gives you a lift. It’s nice that they will finally get a chance to see me perform at my best.”

Six from the City of Sheffield squad have qualified – how will you support each other in Glasgow?

Rebecca: “It’s great because this time we have a big group going, unlike the London Olympics where it was just me and Ellie. There is a great team spirit within the squad and all of us are in a really good place right now.”

Ellie: “We all understand there are some very high expectations but we are in this together and aim to go out and smash it. There is a very positive energy in the group and we all help each other if one of us is down or going through a hard patch in training.”

Looking to the future what aspirations do you have in the sport?

Rebecca: “For me the Commonwealth Games is a stepping stone on the way to Rio. The long term aim is a medal in 2016. Ideally I will be good enough to win gold but we’ll just have to wait and see.

Ellie: “I would love to go to the 2016 Olympics and everything is focused on that. After swimming I would love to get into coaching as it’s something I’m really passionate about.”