Being from Robroyston in Glasgow, Tollcross is like my home swimming pool. It’s where I did all my hard work as an age grouper with City of Glasgow, where I developed as a swimmer and where I decided that swimming was the path I wanted to go down.
I hadn’t been in Scotland since Christmas so it was awesome to be back for the Scottish Championships at the weekend. The competition came at the end of a hard training block for me and the volume of training will come down now as I start tapering for the World Championships in Shanghai next month.
The World Championships are a huge stepping stone towards London 2012 next year. I’ve been looking at some stats, and medallists from the Olympic Games are almost always in the top eight to make the final at the World Championships the year before. The Olympic Gold medallist frequently finishes on the podium at the World Championships the year before.
My goals for this year are to firstly make the final in the 200m breaststroke in Shanghai and once I’m in the final, anything can happen. I’ll definitely be going for a medal. I think a medal at the home Olympics next year has the potential to change your life and leading into Glasgow 2014, this is what I’m in the sport for; to win major medals.
I can’t wait for Glasgow 2014. The Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games was my first taste of silverware on the senior international stage and it was an amazing experience. I had my eye on the podium in Delhi the whole season, I knew that the Australians were going to be the guys to beat but I think other than that it was quite open. My silver in the 200m breaststroke was my first senior international medal, hopefully the first of many. It was great to make that step up and I’m delighted it was with Team Scotland.
Glasgow 2014 is just over three years away and it could be a bit of a fairytale for me. The swimming will be taking place at Tollcross, back where it all began for me. It’s such an amazing time to be involved with the sport with London next year and Glasgow in 2014, I couldn’t really have wished for anything better. Being from Glasgow, it definitely adds fuel to the fire to make sure I get there and I’m obviously looking to go one better than I did in Delhi.
Home city. Home advantage. There has already been amazing support and excitement in the lead up to the Games and it’s only going to build from here on in.