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Sarah Vasey hopes to learn from World Champs experience

Sarah Vasey hopes learning from the experience of her first senior international will stand her in good stead when she takes part in her debut Commonwealth Games.

Vasey reached three finals at her debut World Championships in Hungary last year – competing in the 50m and 100m breaststroke races plus the 4x100m medley relay team.

Sarah Vasey
  • DOB: 28/09/1996
  • Club: Loughborough University
  • Coaches: Mel Marshall
  • CWG: Making debut at Gold Coast 2018

Although the 21-year-old didn’t win a medal in Budapest, she admitted learning a lot from the event. And now Vasey is looking to take that experience into the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast.

The Loughborough University swimmer, who won the 100m breaststroke at the British Swimming Championships last year in a personal best time of 1:06.78, said: “I knew I swam well enough last summer but to make the team is really good – I’m really happy.

Successful season

“It’s the one everyone talks about – the friendly games. The Worlds was my first international last summer but that was just swimming. To be in an athletes’ village and get used to that set-up before the Tokyo Olympics will be massively helpful.

“I loved last season – it was really good. It was my most successful season and to make the team at the end of it was great.

“To make the finals at the Worlds was a massive learning process and I really, really enjoyed it.

“My first final [at the Worlds] was the 100m breaststroke and it was quite overwhelming. For the 50m I felt a bit more prepared and in a few days, it felt like I had picked up quite a bit.

“Now I’ve had a bit of time to prepare for the Commonwealth Games and I’ve been training hard in the pool and gym.”