Adams aims for Championships

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GARIOCH Amateur Swimming Club’s Orla Adams admits acting as a training partner to World silver medallist and Club colleague Hannah Miley has given her the feeling that she is going to this summer’s Olympics even though she knows she isn’t.

The 16-year-old shares a lot in common with Miley – the same home town, Inverurie, the same disciplines, 200m and 400m medley, the same pool and the same training programme.

They even share the same coach, Miley’s father Patrick, and it is this that has helped contribute to Adams’ sense that they will be at the London 2012 Games together.

Miley still has to qualify at the British Championships in March, although that is expected, while Adams, in comparison, looks set to share the stage with Miley at the London 2012 Aquatics Centre.

It would represent the biggest stage that Adams has competed alongside Miley, but rather than let the experience overwhelm her, she is determined to embrace it.

“If I went to the trials the person I would have to worry about would be Hannah but she is cool and I wouldn’t need to worry,” said Adams – who benefits from the Bank of Scotland Local Heroes scheme.

“I have raced her a few times and she gives me tips. I haven’t really got any worries about it because there is a big difference in terms of the times she swims and the times I swim.

“I have just been coming up but if you ask me in a few months time it might be different if we have raced in the Olympic pool – I am sure it would feel different.

“Because I go to school I train with Hannah in the mornings and then some afternoons too. I am coached by Patrick, her dad, and then Gitta Whitehead at other times when he is away.

“Having someone who is working towards London in the pool with you every day is really cool especially when you’re training programmes are the same, so it feels like I’m going in a way too.”

Should Adams earn the right to swim at the British Championships she will head down to east London with the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park acting as this year’s venue.

Adams was in the capital last week for a Bank of Scotland Local Heroes hot prospect day and having done so she is hell-bent on returning in just over a month’s time.

“The Local Heroes day was the first time I had been to east London so it was great to get a feel for it and I would love to be back in March,” she added.

“The experience of being in the pool at the Aquatics Centre would be really cool and it would be good to race against the seniors as well and experience that.”

Bank of Scotland Local Heroes, in partnership with SportsAid, provides support and funding to 82 emerging Scottish athletes all the way to London 2012 and beyond. Follow Scotland’s future stars of TeamGB and ParalympicsGB at: www.bankofscotland.co.uk/localheroes