On day three of the British Gas ASA National Age Groups Championships 2014, we caught up with Haslemere coach Andrew Snelling hovering around the cafe.
Find out more about Andrew in our first ‘Coach Factfile’.
How many swimmers you got at NAGS14?
One swimmer. For the coach and swimmer this is the first time at Nationals and a very exciting time for both of us. Sophie Spencer (12 years old) has qualified for many freestyle events and the 400 IM and has her family here to support her as well.
What’s your morning ritual?
I don’t have a real ritual as this is all new to me! My main worry is to be up and at the venue in time for warm up and not to miss it.
What do you like about NAGS?
The whole event, from the organisation to facilities. Nationals really are the full package. It’s been a fantastic experience from the off.
How late do you finish?
We have not made any finals yet so it been quite an early finish. If we did make finals though I really would not mind finishing late because it would be a great achievement.
What event looking forward to most today?
Sophie has the 800m Freestyle this afternoon so we are hoping for a personal best.
If you could describe NAGS experience in one word, what would it be?
‘Overwhelming’. From a club who has only brought one swimmer, it’s all been new to everyone involved including Sophie and her family.