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Student to Represent Great Britain at European Games!

posted 23 Jun 2015, 07:49 by Web Admin   [ updated 26 Jun 2015, 02:33 ]

Year 10 student Becky Sherwin heads off to Baku the inaugural European Games...

Many of us will dream about a moment when we get a call, asking us to represent our country at an international event, but for one Felixstowe Academy student this dream has become a reality! 

For Year 10 student Rebecca (Becky) Sherwin, this dream has become reality as she takes up the call to represent Team GB at the first ever European Games in Baku in Azerbaijan this week.

What a fabulous reward for all the hard work Becky puts in every week with Team Ipswich at Crown Pools.  Team Ipswich are one of the top swimming clubs in the region and have an amazing coaching structure in place to ensure their swimmers are achieving the very best performances from their sports. 

Becky’s schedule with Team Ipswich means that on an average week she is in the pool for nine training sessions – Monday to Friday from 5am to 7am and four evenings per week.  Her pool training schedule in preparation for Baku has remained the same, although Becky’s exercise programme has been adapted to help her build up muscle for the competition.

It isn’t by luck that Becky has been called up to Team GB – it is due to her commitment and focus to succeed.

As a backstroke specialist, Becky usually competes in the 50m, 100m, 200m and the backstroke leg of the Medley relay races.  Becky has also discovered that she is  the only backstroke swimmer! 

The honour of representing your country as a member of Team GB comes with some exciting benefits, such as team kits, interviews, expenses paid travel and working with the best coaches and team mates in Britain.

Becky joined her team mates in Birmingham for a special event to receive kit, photos and guidance in interview techniques.  She explained the process ‘When we arrived, we were grouped into threes and were assigned a guide to take us round to different areas to collect our kit.  It was amazing and didn’t feel real as we were taken to different areas to collect our Team GB equipment.  It was just like being treated as a really important person – it was hard to get your head round!’

Becky went on to explain ‘ They gave us all the clothing we would need for the event including track suits trainers, socks, sunglasses coats and of course swimming costumes.  We were even given sun cream and a suitcase to put it all in!  Everything was free too!’

Once Becky had tried on all the kit it was into another room for official photos ‘as soon as we were dressed, we went to a different area for media training and photos.  It was at this point I thought - Oh no, this is really happening

Becky’s aims for the European Games are ‘to achieve and beat my Personal Bests’ and to gain more international competition experience (which started when Becky joined Team GB in Belgium in January).    Becky praises the great team spirit she has experienced with Team GB and knows this environment will all build towards helping her achieve her best and can’t wait to join her team mates in a few days time.

When I asked Becky about her future ambitions her thoughts turn towards the Olympic Games in 2016 saying ‘next year the qualifying process will start for the Olympic Games and only the top 2 swimmers from each discipline will be chosen.  I just have to pushing my Personal Bests and see what happens, although Toyko 2020 is a more realistic option’.

And for the future aspirations alongside swimming – Becky is being inspired by those she trains with saying ‘One of my team mates is going to study at university in the USA on a swimming scholarship – that would be great!’ 

Final word to Becky ‘ There is a great quote on the wall at Crown Pools that is a real motivator.  It says ‘If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you’’

I think this quote will feature on the walls in the Academy very soon…

Good luck Becky - the whole Academy is behind you!

Interview by Mr Ozanne