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Sarah Vasey

Sarah Vasey.

The 19-year-old swimmer, from Allestree and a student at Loughborough University, is a member of the City of Derby Performance Squad, on the Derbyshire Institute of Sport gold programme and has made her Great Britain debut in the Japan Open, having won breaststroke medals at the British Championships and British Summer Championships.

Sarah says: "I am thoroughly enjoying my training with Mel Marshall and the elite group of swimmers at City of Derby. I find it tough, but challenging and motivational, training with these like-minded swimmers; they have all been so supportive and helpful.

"We are currently in a hard block of training, laying the foundations for competitions later in the year. This has included outdoor training - pulling laden sledges and interval training up the steps at the IPro Stadium.

"Mel mixes up the training, adding variety and both individual and group challenges, and has her programme for the year in place. We have done 'Hell Week' but I can look forward to competitions in Sheffield, Edinburgh and Glasgow and two training camps - one in November for two weeks in Abu Dhabi and one in Australia in January and February 2016 for six weeks.

"It has been of great benefit receiving the support from ICON, which will now continue up to the Olympics, which is where ultimately this season is leading to. I hope tp compete for Great Britain both individually in the 100m breaststroke - the 50m breaststroke is not recognised as an Olympic event - and for the GB team to swim the breaststroke leg in the medley relay.

"As it is the Short Course season I have competed at meets, where my times have been season's best and close to my personal bests . When I compete in the World Cups in Doha and Abu Dhabi in November these are in long course pools.

"The focus will be on race preparation and process practice; I am not expecting PBs, but would like to make finals, especially in the 50m event. And of course, it will be a great experience to compete abroad again and representing my country.

"Finally, I won the Derby City Sportswoman of the Year Award and am proud to have been nominated for the Derbyshire award."