SARA’S TRAIN GAIN
STONEHAVEN swimmer Sara Hamilton is set for a busy Scottish Championships this summer.
The freestyle sprinting specialist admits she may choose to also compete in the butterfly and backstroke disciplines.
Sara is focusing on training this year, after a strong 2010 that saw her take part in the Commonwealth Games.
Her performances in the pool resulted in a nomination for the Chris Anderson Memorial Medal, which will be presented to the winning athlete on Friday.
Sara said: “I’ve got a couple of local competitions to do, but this year is all about training.
“I was at the Edinburgh International in mid-February and I did better than I expected to, as I got a personal best in the 100m backstroke.
“There is the Scottish Championships in the summer and I am not sure yet what races I will enter there.
“Maybe I will do the butterfly and backstroke, as well as the freestyle, over 50m and 100m.
“I quite enjoy sprinting across all strokes and sometimes I also swim the 200m freestyle.”
Sara competed at her f i r s t C o mmonwe a l t h Games aged just 16.
At last year’s event in Delhi, India, she reached the semifinals of both the 50m and 100m freestyle. The Mackie Academy pupil was also involved in the Scottish relay team.
She anchored the side to fifth place in the final of the 4x100m freestyle.
Sara admits her achievements at the Commonwealth Games continue to be a huge motivator.
She said: “If I get angry in training then I just think to myself that I made it that far.”
The next major international event Sara could be a part of is next year’s Olympics in London.
The South Aberdeenshire swimmer claims she will try to make the British team for the summer spectacular.
She said: “I am concentrating on training just now and the Olympics are next year.
“It’s an aim to get there but I will not be too disappointed if I don’t make it.
“Competing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow is more realistic.” Currently in fifth year at school, Sara is not just looking ahead to her future within swimming. She is also starting to consider whether to further her education. Sara admits relocating to the USA is a possibility, as they have a strong college sport