Lowe ready to shine at Swansea ITC
10 November 2010
Commonwealth bronze medallist Jemma Lowe has admitted there’s no place like home after returning to cooler shores to prepare for London 2012 at the British Swimming ITC in Swansea.
The 20-year old spent the past two seasons in the U.S., competing and training with British teammates Gemma Spofforth, Marco Loughran and Stephanie Proud at the University of Florida.
I just felt coming back to Great Britain would be the best preparation for me for the London Olympics.
But while she lifted the American collegiate NCAA Championship with Florida Gators in March, Lowe found herself craving the comforts of home.
And after landing her first individual major championship medal with 100m Butterfly bronze at the Commonwealth Games in October, she took the decision to join fellow Welsh Commonwealth medallists Jazmin Carlin and Georgia Davies at Swansea.
“I think it was being with the British team at the European Championships and the Wales team at the Commonwealth Games that swayed me,” said Lowe, who trained at Swansea ITC for four months after her Olympic debut at Beijing 2008.
“The support we had at both competitions was fantastic and I already missed the UK and my family loads when I was out in the States.
“So I just felt coming back to Great Britain would be the best preparation for me for the London Olympics.
“I had a good experience at Swansea while I was deciding what to do after Beijing and I worked with Bud McAllister (Head Coach at Swansea ITC) at the Commonwealth Games and get on with him.
“It’s a great place to train and things have been going really well again so far.”