Sheffield swimming sensation Sophie Taylor can use her impressive 2014 as a springboard to great things, according to former Olympic silver medallist Sharron Davies.
Taylor announced herself to the senior stage in style last year as she swam a British record time of 1:06.35 to take 100m gold at the Commonwealth Games.
She added silver in the 4x100m medley to her collection but there was disappointment too as she failed to make the same impact at the European Championships in Berlin.
There was bronze in the 4x100m relay in Germany but last place in her breaststroke heat meant no individual accolades for Taylor.
But Davies believes disappointment is part of the game and thinks Taylor can be better than ever ahead of a busy 2015.
“Sophie Taylor had a great Commonwealth Games but it wasn’t great at the Europeans. I think last year was a big learning curve for her,” said Davies.
“Disappointment is important and the lessons you learn from a poor performance are crucial to development.
“She has the ability in her locker, we need a strong breaststroker and hopefully she’ll be able to step up to the mark.
“The men’s breaststroke is particularly strong and we have amazing depth in that event but maybe less so in the women’s.
“She can definitely build on what she did last year and hopefully kick on from there and do well this year as well.”
It is set to be an exciting period for Taylor with the World Championships in Kazan on the horizon and the Olympics around the corner.
And Davies thinks that all of Britain’s swimmers will push each other to new heights going forward.
“The depth now is incredible, particularly in the women’s team and they’re very, very strong,” she added.
“The competition will push them all on. The bar is so high so you can’t just be the best in Britain; you almost have to be the best in the world.”
“We’ve seen that with Becky Adlington, she broke through and put the bar very high and then all the other girls followed.
“Obviously we didn’t have a great London, and a lot of people are aware of that but there was also a lot of fourth, sixth and fifths and what we’re trying to do now is turn them into medals.
“We’ve got the World Championships this summer in Kazan and then Rio next year and I’m very excited for it, I think we have some genuine prospects for Rio.
“We’ve got a lot of depth that we didn’t use to have; we can put together races and expect to be in the mix.”
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