20 year old Sophie Allen will compete in the 200m Individual Medley at the London 2012 Olympic Games this summer.
This will be the first Olympic Games for the Lincoln born swimmer who started her career at Lincoln Vulcans Swimming Club.
When will Sophie compete?
Monday 30th July
Sophie Allen Interview
Current Lincoln Vulcans swimmer, 13 year old Abigail Burr spoke to Sophie on the day she arrived at the Olympic Village earlier this month.
Q. How did you feel when you were selected to be part of Team GB for the London 2012 Olympics?
A. When I was first selected it was an indescribable feeling, so much happened all at once! Relief, excitement, disbelief, but also feelings such as self confidence and satisfaction which I personally don’t feel very often as I set my standards very high. It was nice to feels these emotions and I found it has spurred me on to feel them again!
Q. What is your training regime like?
A. My training regime is pretty much the same as it has been all year; 10 two hour pool sessions, and two gym sessions. After racing so well at the Olympic Trials I knew I didn’t want to change my training drastically in the run up to the Games so I’ve focussed on tweaking the little errors that I learnt from previous races.
Q. What are you most looking forward to at the London 2012 Olympics?
A. It is a very exciting time, especially with it being a home Olympics and everyone around us is so excited about it as well! This does make it harder for the athletes; we still have to get all the training under our belts before we can really start to enjoy it so before now I have been just focusing on myself and training and trying to think of it as just another gala, but today I came into the Olympic Village and its finally feeling real! I’m sure my nerves will kick in closer to my race but right now im trying to stay focused on training and just enjoying the experience.
Q. When did you first get started in your sport?
A. I went swimming with my mum and brother when I was really little it was always something mum could do with both of us. My brother then went on to join the local swimming club (Lincoln Vulcans) and I always looked up to him so I wanted to join too. This eventually brought out my competitive side and I suddenly wanted to beat my brother, and it went from there really.
Q. What advice would you give to athletes like me who are trying to compete at an elite level?
A. Enjoyment is the key. To get your best performances you have to train hard, and to do this you have to enjoy it. To become an elite athlete you have to put your whole heart into the job. If you are happy it will make you an even greater swimmer and person!
Q. Do you think you will come away with a medal?
A. My aim at the Games is to come away with a personal best time. I’m hoping this will make it to the final; and if so I believe the medals could be anyone’s. The Olympics aren’t always about who are the best swimmers; it’s about who can hold their nerve under
Q. What are you most looking forward to?
A. There are so many exciting things; meeting people from different sports, competing, being able to watch the other sports, and of course the swimming. I think one of the proudest moments for me on my journey so far was receiving my GB kit; its a day I will never forget!