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Royal appointment for Caitlin

14th June 2012

World and European medallist Caitlin McClatchey met Queen Elizabeth II as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations at Corby International Pool.

The Loughborough University swimmer grew up in the area and regularly competed in Corby as an age-group swimmer.

I was really nervous and I didn't think she was going to speak to me at all so it was an honour to speak to her.

Having jumped at the chance to play a part in the Jubilee celebrations, McClatchey admits she ended up having a conversation with the Queen after they were introduced at the pool.

"I was really nervous and I didn't think she was going to speak to me at all so it was an honour to speak to her," said McClatchey.

"She asked what I was competing in at the Games and whether I trained at the Corby facility. Then she wished me good luck for the Games.

"I used to live about 15 miles from Corby when I was younger. I did most of my training at Northampton swimming club but we didn’t have a 25m pool so I raced a lot at the old Corby pool before it was renovated into a 50m facility.

"I did a question and answer session at the pool before she arrived then she shook hands with me and we watched a couple of displays from a dance group and some divers."

While McClatchey has already sealed a spot at her third Olympic Games in the 4x200m Freestyle Relay, she will compete in the 200m Freestyle at this month's British Gas ASA National Championships in Sheffield where the one remaining individual 200m Freestyle spot may be decided.

The quality of the field makes it really good for people to watch because they can see Britain’s best 200 freestylers head to head.

The event looks set to be one of the highlights of the meet with Olympic medallists Rebecca Adlington, Jo Jackson and Keri-anne Payne as well as Commonwealth medallist Jazmin Carlin also in the line-up.

And although McClatchey admits she is keeping her own expectations low after a recent chest infection, she insists the 200m Freestyle is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

"I raced in Canet last week and did well but picked up a chest infection so my preparation has been less than ideal," said McClatchey.

"It was never the plan to rest down anyway but I’m just trying to catch up on training now because I missed quite a bit. Hopefully I’ll still be able to race competitively next week.

"I think the quality of the field makes it really good for people to watch because they can see Britain’s best 200 freestylers head to head.

"It’s always exciting to compete when you know the rest of the field is so good as well so hopefully it will be a great race."

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