Olympic, World and Commonwealth medallist Michael Jamieson trains at the British Gas National Centre for Swimming in Bath under coach Dave McNulty, and this month’s Commonwealth Games will be particularly special for him as it is being held in his hometown, Glasgow.
Away from his busy training and racing schedule, Michael supports several British Swimming partnerships including Speedo, British Gas and our newest partner the Royal Navy. He has this to say about the partnerships:
There are huge similarities between being an elite swimmer and being part of the Royal Navy. They’re both all about challenging yourself to achieve great things, and can allow you to travel the world. To go away and represent your country is such an honour and if you have the chance to do this is any way then I’d recommend you take that chance. It’s such a good feeling.
Swimming is great exercise but is also a life skill so I’m proud to get behind a challenge like British Gas SwimBritain that encourages more people to swim. The team element makes training and completing the challenge more fun and there are resources like the training app to help you prepare. I’m looking forward to swimming at the Bristol SwimBritain on the 14th September.
I’ve been swimming since I was four years old and have always worn Speedo. I’m really enjoying working with them as I prepare for a home Commonwealth Games.
Best swimming memory in and out of the pool?
- London 2012 medal ceremony
- Meeting Pele at a function the following week with my dad.
Nickname at school?
Favourite pool (including why)?
- London Aquatics Centre – Olympic Games were amazing
Most and least favourite sessions in your training week?
- Favourite is lactate tolerance – it’s the hardest session of the week but I love to push myself so hard I feel sick whilst still swimming max efforts!
- Least favourite is Monday morning – always feel awful after a weekend off, surprisingly.
Little known fact about you?
- I spend far too much time shopping online for trainers and clothes
Top tip for aspiring swimmers?
- You have to enjoy it. If you don’t, you won’t be inclined to give it full commitment