Five-star Rodgers emerges as potential 2012 star
11th July 2011 - BBC Sport
Susie Rodgers spoke to BBC Sport after winning five golds and a silver on her international debut at the IPC Swimming European Championships in Berlin.
I guess the Europeans have been quite a shock for me. I went in hoping to get gold in the 50m Fly and possibly the 400m Free.
It’s a certain numbness I'm feeling at the moment but I’m sure it will hit me when I get back to the UK.
The others were quite a shock. Obviously the relay is a bonus as well so it’s been a brilliant week.
I've got a lot of hard work still to come. Obviously this is great but it’s going to be a lot tougher next year so the focus will be on getting back to training and working solidly throughout the next year.
I don’t think my achievements have really hit me yet. I think that’s what’s going on. It’s a certain numbness I'm feeling at the moment but I’m sure it will hit me when I get back to the UK. In a massive wave!
I think I’ve come to competitive swimming at the right time. If I’d gone to it when I was younger, I probably wouldn’t have been ready.
I start work again next Tuesday. It’s going to be strange logging in to the e-mails on Tuesday – it’s going to be odd. But I’ve got a great team and they’ve all been watching it at home and supporting me. And the British Council support me so hopefully everyone will cheer when I walk through the door.
I think I’ve come to competitive swimming at the right time. I think if I’d gone to it when I was younger, I probably wouldn’t have been ready for it.
But I feel a lot more prepared for it now. I’ve got a lot more maturity from working and from living abroad. So now I’m ready to take it in my stride a bit more.
I’m pretty grounded and I’ve got lots of people around me who can keep me grounded so if I continue to plough on and work hard and just keep going really.