As one of the UK’s most prominent sporting cities, Glasgow holds fond memories for a number of British athletes, but few more so than British swimmer Siobhan-Marie O’Connor.
The 22-year old from Bath, England won an incredible six medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow – including gold in the women’s 200m medley race - making her England’s most decorated Commonwealth Games athlete.
Another three medals at this year’s Commonwealth Games, including the successful defence of her 200m medley title, have helped to secure her place in the British Swimming team for Glasgow 2018 – could a return to Scotland herald even more medals for one of Great Britain’s most exciting young athletes?
Interestingly, O’Connor could have been lining up at Glasgow 2018 in a completely different sport. She was a talented Gymnast as a youngster before giving up to focus on her Swimming.
Aged 16 she become the youngest British swimmer to compete at the London 2012 Olympic Games where she competed in the 100m breaststroke event (missing her school prom in the process!).
Since then, O’Connor has gone from strength to strength – overcoming injuries and being diagnosed with a chronic bowel disease – to storm back to the forefront of World and European swimming.
In 2016 she achieved arguably her most impressive accomplishment to date when she took Olympic silver in her favoured 200m medley event in Rio.
She’ll be back in the limelight this August looking to add to the two European Gold medals she won at London 2016. Competition won’t come easily however, with the likes of Katinka Hosszu (Hungary) and Mireia Belmonte (Spain) likely to provide a stern challenge in the 200m medley event.
The European Swimming Championships at Glasgow 2018 will take place from 3 – 9 August 2018 at Tollcross International Swimming Centre. Tickets are on sale now and are available to buy from – https://www.glasgow2018.com/bethere-swimming