Jemma Lowe: The Road to Olympic Trials

Jemma Lowe Jemma Lowe is a British international swimmer, specialising in butterfly. She's British record holder for the 100m and 200m butterfly and competed for Great Britain at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. She's also competed at numerous national and European championships, with several years of competing in the popular American college swimming leagues (NCAA) during her scholarship at the University of Gainesville in Florida.

In the new article from Lowe talks about her training regime and preparation for Olympic trials this April. She reveals her experiences from a recent training camp in Australia, talks about British championships, and the recent Edinburgh International Swim Meet.

Lowe has had to complete her Olympic training without financial support from the sport's governing body this time around. Funding is being focused towards the youngest swimmers with a view to long-term success so Swimmers like Lowe, who have competed in two Olympic games previously, are lower down the list of priorities for the UK at the moment.

"Swimming without funding has made it all a bit more difficult this year than in previous years. However, I’ve never done swimming for the money. It helps of course, but I do it for the fun and for the challenge. My parents have always supported me and I would never have been able to do what I’ve done without their help, not just financially but in many ways."

Another British hopeful on the road to Rio. The British Championships (which will also be used as Olympic trials to determine which athletes get a place on the Olympic squad) take place on 12th - 17th of April 2016 at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow. In a few weeks, we should know exactly which swimmers will be going to the big event in Brazil this August.

Check out this interview with Jemma after the recent Edinburgh International Swim Meet:


Read the full article by Jemma Lowe from the blog here.