Swimming: Becky fired up to prove she’s Britain’s best

Rebecca Turner, Britain's best 200m freestyle swimmer.
Rebecca Turner, Britain's best 200m freestyle swimmer.
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Olympic swimmer Rebecca Turner says she’s more fired up than ever after missing out on the top level of funding from British Swimming.

Turner, aged 20, was part of Team GB at the London Games last summer, but the swimming squad performed below expectations overall and finished with just three medals.

It led to funding cuts to the governing body by UK Sport, which has had a direct impact on Rotherham-born Turner.

However, she told The Star that she is putting the disappointment aside and is seeking additional sponsorship: “The top level funding has been reduced from 42 swimmers to 22 - and I was 23rd on the list. It was a blow but it doesn’t stop me training, it affects the little extras that can make life a bit easier combining training and a university course.

“What the decision has done has given me even more motivation to prove that I deserve to be in the top group.

“If I can attract a sponsor or sponsors it would really help with making sure I’m in the best possible shape for trials and competitions.”

Turner, who lives in Sheffield and has just finished her first year at Sheffield Hallam University studying Sport and Exercise Science, trains six days a week at Ponds Forge and the English Institute of Sport.

Sessions start at 5.30am in the pool as she builds up the strength and speed for her specialist events at 100 metres and 200m freestyle, with a second stint in the evening.

She said: “It’s hard work but I love what I do. The Olympics were an amazing experience and I’ll definitely benefit from it over the next few years.

“We have the World Championships in Barcelona this summer and then the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh next year, which are both major goals for me.

“I’m British number one in the 200m and I feel I’m getting better every season. Training is going well since London and I can’t wait for the World Championship trials in Sheffield at the end of June.”

* Rebecca can be contacted at rtswims@gmail.com for sponsorship enquiries.

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