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Amy looks to Glasgow despite funding axe
6:00am Friday 1st November 2013 in Local
OLYMPIC swimmer Amy Smith has not given up hope of racing at the highest level despite having her National Lottery funding taken away.
The 26-year-old from Kidderminster, who has been stalwart of British squads at major tournaments in recent years, is looking for sponsors to help in her quest to race at next year’s Commonwealth Games.
British Swimming’s disappointing display at the London Olympics saw their funding cut and an out of sorts performance at the World Championships, where she was hit by quad and elbow injuries, saw Smith lose her financial support.
However, she is determined to qualify for the England team competing in Glasgow next year and still wants to represent Team GB at the 2016 Rio Games.
So far the Lougborough-based swimmer has joined the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust and will also be visiting schools in Leicestershire in order to inspire the next generation of swimmers.
“It was disappointing to have my National Lottery funding removed but I believe there is still more to come from me,” Smith said.
“My main aim for the coming season is to improve on my personal best times, and achieve success in both relays and individual events at the Commonwealth Games next summer.
“In the lead up to the trials for this event, there are many swim meets based both in the UK and abroad that it is necessary to compete in as preparation.
“These are seen as stepping stone meets towards the main event, and can often involve a significant financial outlay.”
At London 2012, Smith reached a relay final and an individual semi-final.
She has also won a bronze at the European Long Course Championships in 2011.
Amy is also ranked 19th in the world in the 50m freestyle.
Smith is also a member of Loughborough British Swimming Sprint Squad and trains alongside Fran Halsall and Liam Tancock under the guidance of coach and former World Champion James Gibson.
She kicked off the new season in style at the British Gas Masters and Senior Age Group tournament in Sheffield last week.
Smith won the 50m freestyle, butterfly and 100m freestyle and set British, European and World Masters records in the process.
Anyone interested in sponsoring Smith can call 07815 021591 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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