Training is going really well at the moment as this year feels like a dress rehearsal for London 2012.
While I was competing Delhi in October, I was overwhelmed by the atmosphere and fantastic support we received from back home - and that’s only a small fraction of what it will be like come 2014.
The closest I’ve come to competing in a ‘home Games’ was in Manchester in 2002. The crowd support for the English swim team was out of this world and, knowing how passionate Scotland is when it comes to sport, I can’t even imagine just how good the home crowd is going to be in 2014.
They say that when you compete on home soil in a major event like the Commonwealth Games, your performance is given an extra 10% boost. The Scottish swim team has already shown its prowess when competing in other countries and to think that we’ll have that extra boost from the crowd urging us on at Glasgow 2014 is extremely exciting.
I am proudly sporting my trainers today – March 14th. I think the ‘Sport Your Trainers’ campaign is a fantastic idea and a great symbol of the country coming together and feeling part of the Games.
Event: swimming Age: 29 Lives: Aberdeen Commonwealth Games representation: 2002, 2006, 2010
2010 Commonwealth Games silver 4x200m freestyle relay 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medal 400m freestyle 2008 World Short Course Championships silver medal 4x200m freestyle relay 2008 British Championships gold medal in 400m freestyle 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medal in 400m freestyle 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medal 400m individual medley 2006 Commonwealth Games silver medal 4x200m freestyle relay 2006 European Championships silver medal 4x200m freestyle relay 2006 British Championships gold medal in 400m freestyle 2006 British Championships gold medal in 200m freestyle 2005 British Championships gold medal in 400m freestyle