Team GB Hornchurch swimmer Amy Marren is ready to 'get the job done' at Rio Paralympics
PUBLISHED: 08:28 30 August 2016 | UPDATED: 15:31 30 August 2016
A couple of days before getting on a plane to Rio for this year's Paralympic Games, Team GB swimmer Amy Marren is ready to "get the job done".
Seemingly calm and composed, 18-year-old Amy Marren, of Hornchurch, is finishing her preparation before flying to Rio, Brazil, on Thursday, after three weeks of training camp.
The swimming sensation, who found fame after competing at the 2012 London Games aged only 13, told the Recorder she was ready for the challenge.
After receiving a successful set of A-level results last week, Amy said: “That was the first hurdle of the summer - now on to the next one.”
Felling “relaxed”, she said: “I can’t wait being on that plane. I need to get the job done.”
Having trained at the Aquatic Centre, at the Olympic Park in Stratford for the last few days, she said: “This last week is crucial before we are pushed out of our comfort zone.
“As soon as we step into the Olympic Village, it’s a bubble we are in. You have to keep yourself happy and do that one job to swim as fast as you can from one end of the pool to the other,” she said.
Amy was born without her right hand, a quirk of nature which doctors have not been able to explain, but the disability has only driven her to succeed.
Finishing a positive training week, Amy remained humble about her performance.
“All athletes want a medal but swimming is a sport that is so awkward to predict so close to the games. I am just going to enjoy it. I want to get out of that pool and know that I have done everything I could.
“Rio was my main aim, everything before was a bonus and everything after that will be even better – as long as I keep enjoying it,” she said.
Not afraid of the pressure, Amy knows being happy with her preparation and enjoying the race will be the key for success.
“Really proud” of being part of an experienced Paralympic Team GB, she said: “It is so exciting to be part of that team and represent the whole nation.
“It is such a huge part of enjoying the game. The older ones really do make a big effort to share what they have learnt,” she added.
Amy’s qualification came after a tough year recovering from an illness.
In the next couple of days, Amy will have another few sessions in the pool but she will need to relax to be in top form, when diving into the Olympic pool.
Until Thursday, she will spend some time with her friends and family.
“I like doing teenage things with my friends – I always have my head in my phone,” she said.
Amy’s family has also been a crucial part of her journey to Rio and the 18-year-old called it a “team effort”.
Her father and her coach, Gary Rogers, will be out in Rio to support her.
After Rio, Amy will have less than a week before moving to Loughborough University, where she will start a degree in geography and sport therapy.
She is also planning to take a six week break from swimming.
“My body needs a rest. It is so important for me to take that time off because it is something that I have never done – I haven’t stopped since London.”
But this will not be the end of her swimming career.
“I still have a long way to go to improve and progress – I am only just 18 so maybe there will be a bit more left in me, who knows.”
Amy’s first race will be on September 9, when she will compete in the 400m free style.
She will also race on September 11, 12, 13 and 16.
Follow Amy’s journey in Rio on the Recorder online.