Jemma Lowe wins place in GB World Championships squad

Jemma Lowe
Jemma Lowe

SWIMMING star Jemma Lowe is on course for this month’s World Championships in Spain after winning a place in the Great Britain squad.

The 23-year-old celebrated a double-gold-medal success at last week’s British Gas Swimming Championships in Sheffield.

Lowe took the title for both the 100m and 200m butterfly events, although she was disappointed not to break the qualifying time for the Worlds in the final of the latter.

But the Swansea ITC competitor looks set to represent GB in both distances in Spain, as dad, Mike, explained to SportMail: “I’m guessing that because of her history in the 200m and the fact that she broke the qualifying time in the semis then she’ll be in for both events.

“Everything this year has been geared towards the Worlds and we’re pleased with how thing have gone.

“Obviously taking the two golds last week was great but she always feels she could do better.”

And Jemma, who clocked a time of 58.02 seconds in the final of the 100m, reflected: “Everything went to plan in the 100m.

“I had time to rest up between the semis and the final and, although I was nervous beforehand, I swam well.

“I wasn’t happy with my time in the 200m though and perhaps I wasn’t fully rested.”

But with the Worlds her main target for the season, Jemma is only looking ahead.

“There is only one major event each season - last year it was the Olympics, this year it’s the Worlds and next year the Commonwealth Games,” she explained.

“So everything I’m doing is with that in mind.

“My warm-weather training in America in January went well and I feel good now.

“The bonus is there are only three weeks until Barcelona now so I’ll be back in Swansea putting the hard work in before flying out to a holding camp.

“Everything is on course.”