HARTLEPOOL’S Jemma Lowe insists she is a swimmer possessed this year as she looks to put a disappointing London 2012 Olympic campaign behind her once and for all.
The 23-year-old took to the pool at her second Olympic Games in the capital having finished an impressive sixth in the 100m butterfly on debut at Beijing 2008 and ninth over double the distance.
Lowe finished sixth again, this time in the 200m butterfly and her only individual event, but left the pool knowing a repeat of her best time would have been good enough for a bronze medal.
She had the chance to take her frustration out on her internationals rivals at December’s World Short Course Championships in Istanbul and did so as she picked up bronze in both the 100m and 200m.
Lowe has another chance to earn redemption this summer in Barcelona at the long course World Championships – something she is hell-bent on doing with memories of London 2012 still fresh.
“After the Olympics I was really disappointed with my results because I knew that if I had swum my best time it would have been good enough for bronze,” said Lowe.
“But it has made me hungrier and more determined to get back on track and it was great to have another chance to swim against my world rivals in Istanbul because after an Olympics you think you will have to wait ages for that chance.
“I made the most of it and was pleased to come away with two medals and it showed me that I am not going to quit any time soon and I will just keep working at achieving my goals.
“The goal for this season is the World Championships as I love to compete at the biggest events and have the chance to test myself against the best.
“After my disappointment last summer the best way to get over that would be to get on the podium in Barcelona and that is what I am working towards.”
To earn herself a plane ticket to Spain, Lowe needs to qualify from the later than usual British Gas Championships, held in Sheffield from June 26-30.
The British Championships are the one and only trial event in 2013 but Lowe isn’t about to spend time worrying about it as she understands how precious little she has.
“It is crazy to think that it is already almost a year since the Olympics – it has just gone so quickly,” said Lowe, who you can go along and watch in Sheffield with tickets being available from the British Swimming website.
“But I almost think that is a good thing and the fact that we have just one trial and it is later in the year actually excites me and I think it is better.
“Rather than do a trial and wait five months for the competition we will only have about a month to prepare and I think that will help keep the adrenaline going.
“It won’t be long before we are looking towards the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow at this rate but before that I am concentrating on the World Championships.”
This year British Gas is launching SwimBritain, a programme to create a healthier nation and get 500,000 people swimming more regularly by 2015. Visit www.swimbritain.co.uk/challenge