Charlotte Prince-Rayner

Swimming - 800m, 400m and 200m Freestyle

Charlotte finished the 2016 season in the UK top 10 for the 800m, 400m and 200m freestyle events and won a silver medal at English Nationals in the 200m Freestyle.

What are your targets for 2017 and beyond?

My targets for the 2017 season are to qualify for British and English Nationals in more events – especially with more backstroke events.  Ultimately, my goal is to go to the Olympics and compete against the world’s best swimmers!

How did you get in to your sport? How were you introduced?

I was introduced at a very young age because we lived next to the sea in Dubai and my parents were determined to make sure I was confident in the water from the start.  My first couple of times in the water I loved it!  I grew up either in the pool or at the beach and was soon having swimming lessons, which turned into a passion and eventually an everyday part of my life.

What is your favourite sporting moment, either as a participant of spectator and why?

As an individual swimmer, one of my favourite moments is when I won my South East Regional gold medal in the 800m freestyle because I was really nervous before the race and it was a tough head to head battle for 16 lengths of the pool to battle for 1st place. In addition to the amazing GB swimmers, I also loved watching the GB women hockey players win their gold medal in Rio.

What are your top tips for aspiring athletes?

To always try your best (because that’s all you can do), to surround yourself with positive people who have the same goal as you and who make you happy and to be determined to achieve what you want to achieve.

Who has most influenced your success – and why how have they done so?

The most influential person in my swimming is my coach, Kim Hill.  Since she joined our club my life has changed because she has taught me to be strong and to stick to my guns.  My trust is entirely with her because I know she is coaching me to be the best swimmer I can be.  She reminds me that when you’re sprinting down the last 25 meters of a long race, you have prepared and trained as hard as you can to put you there in that moment.

Also, my family have played a massive part in my swimming life as there is no way I would be where I am today without their help.  They are either waking up at 5 am to drive me to training or taxiing me to and from meets at the weekend whether it’s their birthday or 1 week until Christmas! They have supported me non-stop through my life and I am so grateful that they introduced me to sports at a young age and encouraged such a special bond between swimming and me.

Lastly, I am so lucky to be able to work and train with such an amazing, motivated group of athletes. My training group is a huge part of my life as I spend more time with them than I do with anyone else!  They are my best friends and I am so fortunate to be able to share my experiences with them.  Every training session where we are competing against each other to see who can win or make the most times, has made me the swimmer I am now.

How has the Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme helped you with your sport?

This is my first year with the Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme, so I am looking forward to learning as much as I can from the Scheme.

Which 3 words best describe you?

Determined, tough and happy

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