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#HappyMothersDay to all you wonderful mums! I hope you all got some #Daffodils if not, this is for you xx

In case you missed my adorable niece trying to say daffodils …… Or Dappadils as she says! Here it is again

The One Show & Sky Sports 2!

What have I been doing? Well it’s been a very busy and productive start to the year! I have been to South Africa to race all 8 miles at the Midmar mile swim in Pietermaritzburg. I then went onto Dubai with my swimming club for a competition and training camp.

I have spent a lot of time traveling from my home in Edinburgh to London to do some filming with Film Nova for a feature on The One Show! The journey has been so much fun and didn’t feel like ‘work’ at all! I’ m really excited to be doing my first ever presenting feature for the One Show this week, Wednesday 7-8pm. Please give it a watch and let me know what you think.

I have also been around the country on a road trip to see a lot of British swimmers ahead of the British Gas Swimming Championships this week the 10-16th April. This is the Qualification meet for The Commonwealth Games. All 12 swimming sessions, heats and finals, will be streamed live on the British Swimming website with myself and Hannah East presenting every session. I started off my road trip in Middlesborough to see Aimee Willmott. I travelled through Leeds, Derby, Loughborough , Millfield and it all ended in Bath when I saw all 15 athletes at the intensive training centre there including Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson.

It was really good to catch up with everyone and see how training has been going and what their hopes are for the Championships and the Commonwealth Games in July. I also found out a few interesting facts about some of the swimming, James Guy for instance spends his weekend fishing! He just can’t get enough of water!

I am really looking forward to being part of the presenting team for the British Gas Swimming Champs and can’t wait to experience a swimming competition from a totally different angle! Sky are showing the final 3 evening sessions live on Sky Sports 2, so make sure your glued to your computers and TV’s.

But don’t think that this is me going for a new career …. Well not yet anyway, this season I have taken some time out of competitive racing. I am still in the pool 5-6 times a week keeping fit with my swimming club, Warrender Baths. My focus is still very much on open water and the exciting road to Rio! But with no major competition for Open Water this year myself and my coach, Laurel Bailey decided that a year out was the right preparation.

You can catch me on The One Show this Wednesday 7-8pm.

You can also watch me on the British Swimming live streaming of the British Gas Swimming Championships #BGSC14 from 8.55am Thursday- Tuesday.

And on Sky Sports 2 Sunday, Monday and Tuesday night from 6pm .

#HappyMothersDay to all you wonderful mums! I hope you all got some #Daffodils if not, this is for you xx

Brazilian Adventure
Rio is such a fantastic city -from the second I arrived to the second I left I felt like I was in a movie. The Brazilian people are so friendly and the beaches and the views are simply breathtaking!

On my trip I saw the Cristo Redentor. I watched beautiful sunrises on Copacabana beach, I witnessed a stunning sunset on Ipanema beach.

I also took part in my first ever beach biathlon thanks to to wonderful people that organised the trip Pedro, Patrick & Julia. Thank you!

I wasn’t in Rio just to see the sights, I swam in the Copacabana beach for the ‘King & Queen of the Sea’ challenge. The competition was a relay swim - one boy and one girl. We each did 3X 500 meter laps one at a time, followed by a 50m run up the beach to pass the baton on to our team mate.

What a fun way to swim 3k! The challenge wasn’t just about swimming in the open water but team tactics, catching waves and how good you were at running on soft sand! My team mate was Chad Ho from South Africa. Chad and I learnt how to swim together when I grew up in South Africa so we were both really excited to swim on the same team.

We decided that I was going to go first and Chad second because we thought I had a good chance of sticking with the boys in the first group. We had a great race and it came down to the last 10m swim and beach run where Chad rushed past the Italian swimmer to finish in 2nd place.

So we declared ourselves ‘Prince & Princess of the sea!’

Williams F1 Partner Day

I had so much fun yesterday at the Williams F1 Partner Day at Brands Hatch. I got to drive in a car with Susie Wolff & Pastro Maldonado.
The cars were fast and it was just amazing to be a passenger… Well to get flung round corners at 130mph!

It was great to get an insight into another sport like that. What makes the drivers tick. How they train. How they stay motivated in such a competitive world!

I also had to pleasure of meeting the fashion legend Roland Mouret! I knew there was a link between Sport & Fashion!

A brilliant day all round!