Tuesday, April 21, 2015

60 Seconds With... Camilla Hattersley of City of Glasgow Swim Team

We got the rare chance to catch up with Camilla Hattersley (City of Glasgow Swim Team) for a rapid fire interview:

Commonwealth Games finalist Camilla Hattersley (City of Glasgow Swim Team), showed her true talent picking up a bronze medal in the 800m Freestyle at the British Swimming Championships (Trials) at the London Aquatics Centre last week (14-18 April). Her success continued as she placed fourth in the 400m Freestyle and fifth in the 400m Individual Medley. 

Congratulations on your achievements at Trials, did you enjoy your experience in London?

(Camilla): It was a really great experience to race in the Olympic pool especially as it was my first time there. I was really happy with how I performed at trials as I wanted to go there and show I can be up there competing with the best women in Britain and I think I showed  that by winning my medal in the 800 as well as placing fourth and fifth in the 400 free and 400 IM.

Tell us how you prepared yourself for Trials?

I have been working very hard this season in the run up to British trials and I have been away on a training camp to Australia with Scottish Swimming as well as a training camp to Lanzarote with City of Glasgow to get some hard training and preparation in, which all contributed to my results at trials. 

How do you manage the balance between training and university when competing at such a high level?

It is very difficult to manage the balance between training and university especially as my course (Aeronautical Engineering) is very intense and demanding. I have studied part time for the past two years and this has helped me to concentrate more on my training as well as carrying out my studies, although it is still very tiring and a struggle sometimes.

Did competing at a Home Games live up to your expectations?

Without a doubt the Glasgow Commonwealth Games is the highlight of my swimming career so far. I feel honoured to have been part of a once in a lifetime opportunity having my home country host such a major sporting event and I will never forget the crowd and atmosphere as I walked out to my race for the final knowing that the crowd were there supporting the Scottish swimmers.

After a very successful summer competing at Glasgow 2014 did you sit down and review your results and set yourself new goals to train towards?

After Glasgow 2014 it was difficult to imagine that I could top what an amazing summer I had had. I know that I can still improve further and I look forward to hopefully competing for my country again at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast 2018 as well as possibly the Olympics. 

Interviewed by Victoria Milburn