Jemma Lowe to draw on experience for World Championships

Jemma Lowe in action during the British Gas Swimming Championships in Sheffield last month
Jemma Lowe in action during the British Gas Swimming Championships in Sheffield last month

JEMMA Lowe will be hoping to draw on her experience of major competitions when the World Championships get underway in Barcelona next week.

This is the third time the Hartlepool-born swimmer has competed at the event.

Lowe will represent Great Britain in both the 100m and 200m butterfly, despite not hitting the qualifying time in the latter during last month’s trials in Sheffield.

However, she still took gold at both distances at Pond’s Forge and represents one of her team’s main medal hopes in Spain.

And the 23-year-old said: “I’m pleased I’m in the team but the trials were more stressful than they should have been.

“I qualified easily for the 100m but I was quite surprised and disappointed at how slowly I went in the 200m final. That was a bit of a downer.

“But they’re letting me swim in the 200m at the World Championships as well because I got the time (in the semi-finals) and there’s nobody else swimming it.”

The Swansea-based swimmer went on: “Trials can sometimes be more stressful than championships but, when you get to the finals, you put more expectations on yourself.

“Hopefully I can only get better – I can’t get any worse.

“Experience is really important. Having been to two Olympics and two World Championships I know what it’s all about and what a difference the small things can make.”

Lowe has her sights set on Rio 2016 having narrowly missed out on a medal at last summer’s London Olympics.

She had contemplated retirement 12 months ago, but such thoughts are now far from her thinking.

“I’m definitely glad I decided to carry on,” she said.

“Last year was different to any other year. The London Olympics was something we’d been dreaming about for years.

“When it was over, it was like ‘is that it now?’ That was the dream done.

“But I remember as soon as I finished I was motivated to get back and in and I wanted to keep beating the world.

“Now I’ve got the long-term goal of Rio in 2016 and the Commonwealth Games next year, where I’ll be able to swim for Wales. I can’t wait.”