After showing promise with two golds, a silver and a bronze at the 2007 European Youth Olympic Festival, Aimee Willmott won her first British Champs medal with 400m Individual Medley bronze in 2009 then went on to win silver in both individual medley events at the European Junior Championships in Prague.
Aimee Willmott Profile
|Date of Birth||26th February 1993|
After finishing her school studies during a quiet 2011, Willmott burst back on to the scene at the 2012 British Gas Swimming Championships in London, clocking an English record to win silver in the 400m Individual Medley and qualify for her debut Olympics.
She finished 11th in the 400m IM at London 2012, competing on the same day as her father Stuart Willmott when he finished 15th in the 400m IM at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.
Willmott won her first major medal with 800m Freestyle bronze at the 2012 European Short Course Championships then showed her freestyle improvement by adding 400m Freestyle bronze to her 400m Individual Medley silver at the 2013 British Gas Swimming Championships.
She competed at her World Championship debut later in 2013, finishing ninth in the 400m Individual Medley.
|Long Course 800m Freestyle||8:40.50||2012|
|Long Course 200m Individual Medley||2:12.73||2012|
|Long Course 400m Individual Medley||4:37.48||2012||NR|
|Short Course 800m Freestyle||8:18.90||2012|
|Short Course 200m Individual Medley||2:10.00||2012|
|Short Course 400m Individual Medley||4:32.56||2012|
|Olympic Games||400m Individual Medley||2012||4:38.87||11th|
|World Championships||400m Individual Medley||2013||4:38.43||9th|
|Commonwealth Games||200m Individual Medley||2010||2:15.38||6th|
|400m Individual Medley||4:44.87||5th|
|European Championships||200m Individual Medley||2010||2:15.56||10th|
|400m Individual Medley||4:49.50||12th|
|European Short Course Championships||400m Freestyle||2012||4:01.89||5th|
|200m Individual Medley||2:10.00||7th|
|400m Individual Medley||4:32.56||4th|
|100m Individual Medley||2008||1:05.40||34th|
|200m Individual Medley||2:15.87||18th|
|400m Individual Medley||4:43.77||17th|
|European Junior Championships||200m Individual Medley||2009||2:15.89||SILVER|
|400m Individual Medley||4:44.81||SILVER|
|European Youth Olympic Festival||200m Individual Medley||2007||2:19.37||GOLD|
|400m Individual Medley||4:50.32||GOLD|
|British Championships||400m Freestyle||2013||4:09.90||BRONZE|
|200m Individual Medley||2:14.31||7th|
|400m Individual Medley||4:38.95||SILVER|
|200m Individual Medley||2012||2:13.52||4th|
|400m Individual Medley||4:37.48||SILVER|
|200m Individual Medley||2011||2:15.01||4th|
|200m Individual Medley||2010||2:14.25||SILVER|
|400m Individual Medley||4:41.90||SILVER|
|200m Individual Medley||2:16.14||6th|
|400m Individual Medley||4:43.33||BRONZE|
|200m Individual Medley||2:20.33||11th|
|400m Individual Medley||4:55.29||7th|
|200m Individual Medley||2:22.35||11th|
|400m Individual Medley||4:53.86||5th|
|400m Individual Medley||5:00.26||10th|
|ASA Championships||400m Individual Medley||2012||4:38.68||GOLD|
|200m Individual Medley||2:19.52||BRONZE|
|400m Individual Medley||4:50.17||SILVER|
In The Pool
Favourite event: 400m IM. Because of the variety in training and If you are behind after the butterfly you can catch up on the other strokes. Different people have different strengths, so you need to swim your own race and pace it and not get distracted on what others are doing.
First senior international meet: I did the European Short Course in Rijeka, Croatia in 2008. I swam ok, but I was nervous and put pressure on myself. Actually, it was where I saw my first world record. I think I was more excited about witnessing that than my swim. I called my mum and told her about the record I’d just seen. She replied ‘how did you swim?’!
Biggest influence on career: Mum and Dad, because they used to take me to training, make sure I eat the right things and pay for everything. I want to do well for them as well as myself.
Role models: I aspire to be like everyone at the top. They’re my role models as they are at the top and that’s where I want to be.
My aspirations are: Ultimate goal is an Olympic medal, hopefully gold in 2016.
Out of The Pool
Tip for the top: Train hard if you want to reach the top, if you don’t, you won’t achieve. Don’t get too nervous before a swim, it’s just another swim!
Life after swimming: I’m not entirely sure what I want to do after my swimming career. I am going to university to do sports science and coaching so we’ll have to see.
Music: Eminem is normally what I like to listen to before a race, but I like most music.
Would most like to meet: Usain Bolt, because he’s the fastest man ever!!
Most prized possession: My pillow, I take it everywhere with me. I struggle to get comfy without it.