Q&A with Georgia Davies: Short Course Racing

Q&A with Georgia Davies: Short Course Racing

After winning her first British 100m Backstroke title in April 2014, Georgia Davies achieved her best international results in 2014 with 50m Backstroke gold and 100m Backstroke silver at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Georgia then added 50m Backstroke silver and bronzes in the 100m Backstroke and 4x100m Medley Relay on her European Championship debut in Berlin.

The National Centre, Loughborough swimmer is the current British short course and long course record holder in the 50m Backstroke and will race in this event at the ASA National Winter Meet (25m).

We spoke to Georgia Davies to find out her top tips for racing short course:

What are the benefits of racing short course?

Short course swimming is all about starts, turns and underwater kick. To race well it’s important to have a strong dolphin kick and to be able to hold your breath.

Racing short course definitely helps to improve your turns and underwater kick.

What do you like most about racing short course?

When I’m racing short course I always think that the pool looks less daunting, probably because it’s only half the size.

Short course is also a great way to try out new things (technique, race tactics etc.).

Top Tip for racing short course?

When I swim a 100m short course, I definitely swim it differently to how I would if it was long course.

I think it’s best to attack right from the start rather than pacing myself.

What has been your favourite short course race so far?

I have two. It’s either winning 50m Backstroke silver at the European Short Course in 2011 or taking part in the Swim for Leukaemia 100×100 World Record Relay in Sheffield last year.

It was a great event and raised money for a good cause.

What are you looking forward to about racing at the ASA Winter Meet (25m)?

Racing is always fun, it’s the whole reason we train. We want to post PBs or season’s bests but this meet will also allow us to see how well training is going at this stage in the cycle.

  • Click here to find out more about the ASA National Winter Meet (25m) at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield from 17-20 December 2015.
  • Georgia Davies is one of our ‘Ones To Watch’ for the Winter Meet – find out more here.

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