Rudin ready for amazing opportunityMarch 29, 2018
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.
- 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.
“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.”