Hat­ter­s­ley de­lighted on earn­ing Rio place

The Herald - Herald Sport - - GOLF - HAI­LEY MILNE

CAMILLA HAT­TER­S­LEY ad­mits she never be­lieved her­self ca­pa­ble of mak­ing it to the Olympic Games and in­sists she can con­tinue rack­ing up per­sonal bests in the build-up to Rio.

The 21-year-old City of Glas­gow Swim Team mem­ber qual­i­fied af­ter a hugely im­pres­sive Bri­tish Swimming Cham­pi­onships at Toll­cross In­ter­na­tional Swimming Cen­tre ear­lier this month.

Hat­ter­s­ley took home sil­ver in the 800m freestyle, fin­ish­ing just be­hind world medal­list and Com­mon­wealth cham­pion Jazz Car­lin.

The Univer­sity of Glas­gow stu­dent also reached the fi­nals in the 200m and 400m freestyle, set­ting a num­ber of per­sonal records in the process.

Her time in the 200m freestyle en­sured her place for the Rio Olympic Games, where she will now be hop­ing to be part of the women’s 4x200m freestyle re­lay team.

“I am ex­tremely proud to be se­lected to rep­re­sent my country at an Olympic Games,” she said.

“I don’t think it has quite sunk in yet. This has been a life­long dream of mine and one which I never thought I would ac­tu­ally achieve.

“The Olympic Tri­als were what I have been work­ing to­wards for so long and I’m so happy that every­thing I have done has paid off and that I was able to pro­duce life­time bests when it mat­tered the most.

“Now though the prepa­ra­tion for the Games be­gins and I’m go­ing to do every­thing I can in or­der to give my best ever per­for­mances in Rio. I have an ex­cit­ing few months ahead of me.”

Camilla, who was a fi­nal­ist in the 800m freestyle event at the Glas­gow 2014 Com­mon­wealth Games, is joined by for­mer City of Glas­gow swim­mer Rob­bie Ren­wick and fel­low Scots Ross Mur­doch, Han­nah Mi­ley, Craig Ben­son, Stephen Milne, Dan Wal­lace and Dun­can Scott in Team GB for Rio 2016.

Her in­clu­sion in the squad comes ex­actly comes four years af­ter she car­ried the Olympic Torch for the Lon­don 2012 Olympic Games.

MAK­ING A SPLASH: Camilla Hat­ter­s­ley

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