JEDBURGH swimmer Lucy Hope admitted she had a topsy-turvy day at the Sainsbury’s School Games last week after securing one gold medal, but missing out in her favoured 200m backstroke.
The 15-year-old won the 100m backstroke in a morning session, recording one minute, 4.39 seconds in front of thousands who had descended on the London Aquatics Centre for a sneak peek of the venue before the Olympic Games.
But after surprising herself with the speed of her 100m, the twice Scottish Schools champion was off the pace in the afternoon session and had to settle for bronze in the 200m backstroke.
Hope admitted that tiredness had got the better of her in the afternoon, although she insisted she would learn from the experience.
“I was really happy because I wasn’t expecting to get gold, but that has given me a huge confidence boost going forward in the 100m,” she said. “But I think I was quite tired for the 200m, though, it was a long day.
“I thought I should have done better, but in any case I have learned from the 200m swim and it will help me improve on my weak areas.
“The early gold took the pressure off me a little bit and I could go and enjoy it more, but I would have liked to round it off with another gold.
“The crowd was absolutely amazing and it really helped to spur me on. There were so many people and it was really exciting to hear the noise.
“I just hope I can keep progressing and getting better all the time.”
This year, Prince Harry was named as president of the Sainsbury’s School Games, backed by National Lottery funding from Sport England, as competition took place throughout the Olympic Park.
The prince left a special message for the children.
“Huge congratulations to everyone who has taken part in the inaugural School Games” he said.
“I believe that sport can give people confidence and skills which set you up for life. It is so important to get outside and to keep physically and mentally fit, and I am very honoured to become the president of the School Games.”
The Sainsbury’s 2012 School Games was held at the Olympic Park and other venues from May 6-9 with school-aged elite athletes competing across 12 sports.
Visit www.2012schoolgames.com for more information.