Georgia Smith – Vice Captain 2015-16
Having joined Guildford only a year ago I feel extremely proud to be in the role of Vice Captain, since joining I have not looked back and my swimming has improved tremendously.
What is your best Strokes and Distances?
I will openly admit that breaststroke is not my forte, I am a sprint freestyle and fly swimmer, my main events being 50 and 100 free (short and sweet).
Tell us about your best achievement in swimming to date?
My best achievements would have to be competing in the British Championships in London 2012 and in Glasgow 2014 and fingers crossed again this year. Another highlight for me was results from this years Nationals. I reached the finals at British Nationals in the 50 free and both relays. At English Nationals I qualified for the 50 fly and I got a bronze medal in the 100 free, where I PB’d in my heat swim and then PB again in the final! Which resulted in me gaining a podium position.
Tell us about the best moment in swimming (not just racing)?
A few of my best moments were from the National Arena League final in Cardiff 2015, the atmosphere was unbelievable a great swimming moment for me was swimming on the same relay team as Jeanette Ottesen getting to be on the same team as a world class athlete was amazing. Also racing against Lauren Quigley in the 100 free at Cardiff was very memorable. It was a great gala to be involved in.
What other interests do you have outside of the sporting world?
I enjoy baking but I prefer eating other peoples baked goods because it is normally better than mine.
What are your aspirations for the future in swimming?
Attending an international competition
Tell us about the subjects you are studying at college?
I am currently studying Biology, PE and Sociology. I have aspirations of studying Sport Science at university and intend to carry on with my swimming at university maintaining good links with GCSC.
What is your routine before a major swim (anything unusual)?
I like to try and visualise my race in my head with perfect technique but not set myself time related goals. I also try and go to bed an hour earlier than normal.
Do you have a certain meal that you like to eat before competition/races?
I don’t have a certain meal but I always go for a safe options like pasta! I never try anything new before a competition normally that I have dishes that I have tried and tested. Just before a big race is not the time to be eating exotic and adventurous dishes, save that for after you have swam.
What do you love about Guildford City?
The professionalism of the club, it is set up for you to achieve the most out of your swimming. The facilities we have to train in are outstanding and the coaching is the best clubs have to offer from around the country.
Have you any tips for any of our younger aspiring swimmers?
Even though swimming is individual sport, being apart of a club you act as a team, be there to support encourage and motivate one another to succeed. Enter every training session with a positive mind set and try and make the most of your hours in the pool. Make friends have fun and train hard.