Me and my sport – profiling Borders ASP athletes: week six – Scott Wilcox

Scott Wilcox
Scott Wilcox

Age: 18

Home Town: Hawick

Sport: Swimming

Position/Discipline: Breaststroke

Club/Team: Edinburgh University Performance Swimming (Swim Team Borders/Teviotdale ASC).

Coaches: Chris Jones (Alex Jordan/Jan Grieve).

Best moment in sport so far: Taking part in the 50m breaststroke skins event at Edinburgh International two years ago. I went in last and came out fifth against some big guys. The atmosphere was electric.

Aims for the next 12 months: To make the Olympic Trials in March in London. It’ll be huge.

How does the ASP help you most: The strength and conditioning sessions twice a week.

Who in sport most inspires you: Lance Armstrong – he never seems to give up, no matter what’s wrong with him.

Favourite sporting moment of all time: When Michael Phelps won the 100m fly at the Beijing Olympics by 0.01 of a second on his way to eight gold medals.

Best thing about your sport: The feeling of gliding through the water at speed.

... but dislike: Waking up at 4.30am most mornings – I’m not a morning person!

If not in this sport, would like to compete in: In either an extreme sport of some sort or in cycling.

Usual pre-competition meal: The night before I’ll eat something with pasta or rice. At breakfast I’ll have porridge with quite a bit of golden syrup.

Food dislikes: Cooked eggs or mayonnaise.

Best motivational song or track: Can’t Stop by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

... but turn off/leave the room to: Overplayed pop music.

Competition superstition or odd routine: In the warm-up I float about a bit, sculling with hands and feet, to get the feel of the water.

When not competing or training I like to: Relax and enjoy the company of friends – swimming can be a very lonely sport sometimes.