Siobhan-Marie O’Connor has spoken of her delight at being named in the England swimming team for this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Having secured her place in the team with two gold medals at the recent trials, the Sky Academy Sports Scholar has set her sights on repeating the feat at the end of July.
Whilst medals are ultimately what O’Connor is after, she admitted that they won’t be the barometer by which she will judge herself.
“Obviously I’m targeting a medal, that has to be in my sights,” she said. “I also have times in my mind that I would like to achieve in my events and if I achieve chose then I’ll be happy.
“I don’t know where those times would put me but I’d like to think that they’d put me right up there.”
Despite having had a wonderful start to 2014 with medals and personal bests aplenty and, certainly after the trials, a spot in the squad never in any doubt, the 18-year-old from Bath was able to breathe easier after the official announcement was made, especially after having to keep quiet about her selection for a number of weeks.
“I’m really pleased, it’s just a bit of a relief to be honest,” O’Connor added. “I thought I did enough to make the team at the trials but it’s always nice to get that confirmation.
“It’s also cool to see who else has made it because we’re not allowed to tell anyone so when it was announced; it was good to see my friends who had also made the team.
“I found out at the actual trials but it wasn’t properly confirmed and then we got an email a couple of days after. But it was all very hush, hush until Team England were able to announce it.”
O’Connor is amongst the favourites for the 200m individual medley and her recent performances in the 200m freestyle will also give her confidence in that event, too. However, the youngster is also keen to play her part in one of the England relay teams as well.
“I’d like to be able to swim some of the relays,” she commented. “I’m not entirely sure which relays I’ll be available to swim but I’d like to be involved in them because they are some really strong relay teams. To be selected for those would be great and give me a full, strong programme.”
O’Connor must also deal with a similarly hectic timetable in the lead up to Glasgow with competitions in Monaco and Barcelona on the agenda, as well as an international meet in Manchester.
“We’re full on until the Games,” she said. "We’ve got a couple of competitions beforehand just for race practice, we’re competing in Monaco and Barcelona at the Mare Nostrums which should be really exciting.
“Then after that, just before we start our taper for the Commonwealth Games, we have the British Gas International Meet in Manchester. We’ve got a busy schedule but it’s all pretty exciting.”