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Rudin ready for amazing opportunity

Rosie Rudin says she cannot wait to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime experience when she competes in the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast

The 19-year-old City of Sheffield swimmer earned her place in Team England’s squad when she clocked 4.39.95 in the 400m individual medley at Swim England’s National Winter Championships.

Rosie Rudin
  • DOB: 14/08/1998
  • Club: City of Sheffield
  • Coaches: Russ Barber
  • CWG: Making debut at Gold Coast 2018

She took the silver medal in that race – behind Team England teammate Aimee Willmott – but earned a bigger prize with selection for the Commonwealth Games.

And having missing out on a spot in the team that went to Glasgow four years ago, Rudin admits she is eager to make up for lost time.

Once-in-a-lifetime experience

“I remember in 2012 having the Commonwealth Games in the back of my mind,” said Rudin. “I wanted to strive towards it but in 2014 I just missed the qualification for it.

“I wanted to qualify this time around so it’s been in the back of my mind for a while.

“It’s an amazing opportunity, a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I cannot wait.”

Rudin said her performance at the National Winter Championships had been a boost after a disappointing display on her World debut in Budapest.

“It was very emotional as I had a disappointing worlds,” said Rudin, who was 21st in the 200m Back in her only event in Hungary.

“I wanted to go to Sheffield and prove to myself I could do it.

“I was quite far off my personal best which was quite disappointing in that respect. I had a long chat about what I could learn from it and what to do moving forwards and that reassured me to get back on track.”

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