SARA’S TRAIN GAIN

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - SPORTS - By Ross McTav­ish

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

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