Swimmers finalise games preparation in Doha
20th September 2010
With less than two weeks to go until the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, British Swimmers will begin their final preparations this week at their holding camp in Doha, Qatar.
It will be one of the biggest camps that British Swimming, powered by British Gas, has ever undertaken with 66 swimmers from the three home nations combining to prepare for the Delhi Games.
Head Coach for British Swimming Dennis Pursley said: “Holding camps are a really important part of the competition preparation. It is an opportunity for teams to bond prior to the Games as well as allowing us to address in detail, the team goals and challenges.
“The camps also allow the swimmers to acclimatise to the new time zone and to break away from normal routine helping them to focus on the competition ahead.”
It is the first time the majority of swimmers from England, Scotland and Wales will combine their preparations ahead of a Commonwealth Games.
“By having a British Swimming camp there is a practical advantage of being able to make best use of all the British Swimming resources,” explains Pursley. “It will be the chance to remind swimmers that although healthy home country rivalry can be a good thing, the real competition will be Australia.”
Scotsman David Carry is competing in three events in Delhi, defending his title in the 400m Freestyle as well as the 200m Freestyle and the 4x200m Freestyle relay.
He said: “The Commonwealth Games are second only to the Olympics. My training is going well and since the trials I have been looking at the areas where I can improve. It’s all coming together quite nicely. Racing against the best in the world is really exciting and I can’t wait for the Games to start!”
After winning three medals at the European Championships earlier this summer, Florida-based Gemma Spofforth, is hoping to collect another three in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke.
“My preparation is going well,” Spofforth said. “I am feeling really fit and ready to swim fast! I think my physical shape rivals my form at the World Championships in Rome last year so I am really excited to get in the pool and race.
“I am looking forward to getting to Doha and seeing the rest of the English team as well as the Welsh and Scottish teams. Meets for me are a chance to catch up with some of my closest friends.
“Of course I would like to better my times from Europeans but most of all I want to go in, medal and enjoy the racing!”
David Davies, who is competing in the 400m and 1500m Freestyle for Wales, added: “I am looking forward to going out to Delhi - somewhere I haven’t been before.
“I am feeling optimistic about the Games. I haven’t had the best of years but since moving back to Cardiff earlier this year, I feel like I am getting back on track. My training certainly suggests that I am heading in the right direction. Hopefully my results will improve and I can have a good competition to finish off the season before starting afresh next year.”