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Anna's Maine aim in Australia

Commonwealth Games debutante Anna Maine has her sights firmly set on reaching a final on Australia’s Gold Coast.

The Woking swimmer said she is looking forward to taking her place in her first senior squad and learning from the experience of representing Team England at a multi-sport event.

She qualified for the team after a PB 1:00.71 over 100m Backstroke at the World Junior Championships in 2017.

Anna Maine
  • Age: 17
  • Club: Woking SC
  • Coach: Mark Staiger
  • CWG: Making debut at Gold Coast 2018

“This is my first Games, my first senior team actually,” said the 17-year old.

“I had world juniors last year, European juniors the year before but I’ve not been on a senior team so I’m really excited to go.

‘The preparation has been good. I found out at the beginning of January so I’ve had a few months leading up to it and I’m excited to go.

An unexpected excitement

“When I made the team, everyone [at home] was very excited – it was quite unexpected but it was great to tell everyone and see their reaction. They will definitely all be watching back at home.

“I haven’t really asked anyone for tips and advice but I probably will do when we get to know each other more. I will speak to them at the Games.

“My aim for myself is probably a final in my event.”

Maine won a hat-trick of medals at the 2016 European Junior Championships, including bronze over 100m Backstroke.

She also won 50m Back gold and 100m Back silver at last season’s British Summer Championships before making the final in both events at the World Junior Championships later in the year.