On day three of the British Gas ASA National Age Groups Championships 2014, we spotted 14-year old Nova Centurion swimmer Rhys Davies in the cafe with his dad and swiftly collared him for our next athlete profile.
It obviously provided a bit of extra inspiration for Rhys as he ended up making the podium with his Nova teammates in the 4x200m Freestyle Relay last night!
Find out more about Rhys in our ‘Athlete Factfile’.
How many times a week do you train?
I train eight times a week with my club.
What time have you been getting up this week?
6AM was my earliest wake up call so far. I enjoyed my later start for the individual 1500m though.
What events have you swum this week?
1500m Free and 4x200m Free Relay
I managed to finish 10th overall in the 1500m. It was just outside my best but I’m really pleased with my position because I have only swum the 1500m four times. I first swam it to try a county time and I achieved that. Then at counties I did a regional time, then at regionals I gained a national time and now I am here it’s a bit surreal.
What events are you looking forward to most this week?
I really like the relay and swimming the 200m Freestyle leg – I would love to win a medal because we qualified fourth. (Rhys DID end up winning a medal with bronze last night!)
What’s your favourite thing about competing at Nationals?
How much fun it is being here in Sheffield, being part of a team and having friends here.
Who is your favourite swimmer on the GB team?