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Marren wants so much more

PUBLISHED: 15:00 23 August 2013

Amy Marren (centre) celebrates her first gold in the 200m medley (Pic: British Swimming)

Amy Marren (centre) celebrates her first gold in the 200m medley (Pic: British Swimming)

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World champion focused on Rio 2016

Amy Marren wants to forget about the IPC World Swimming Championships, despite winning four gold and two silver medals in Canada.

The 15-year-old from Hornchurch was returning to normal life this week after her exploits in Montreal – and a day at Media City in Manchester conducting interviews.

But Marren is already thinking about the 2016 Paralympics in Rio and said: “There are the Commonwealth Games next year, but there are only limited places, and then the Worlds are also in Glasgow in 2015. Then it’s Rio.

“Competing in Rio was the main aim at the very start, anything before was going to be a bonus.

“Rio is still a long way to go but I’ve got to focus on the next three years, stay fit and healthy, make sure I’m enjoying it and get on with it.

“I’ve got to forget the Worlds, in the nicest way possible, and pretend I haven’t achieved anything, keep working hard and keep enjoying it, otherwise there’s no point.”

Marren certainly enjoyed her time competing on the other side of the Atlantic, having had her first taste of the big time at the London 2012 Paralympics where she reached two finals.

“My expectations were to swim well and enjoy it, so to get four golds and two silvers…we’ve had people just dropping by at the house to see them!” she said.

“It was the best week of my life, so far. We know there is a lot more to come, a lot more hard work and this is only the beginning hopefully.”

Asked for her favourite moment of all from her time in Canada, Marren chose the world-record breaking medley relay which brought her final gold.

But the youngster is keeping her feet on the ground and preparing to return to Hall Mead on Tuesday week.

“The relay is still freshest in my mind and it doesn’t seem real still. We finished with a world record, we smashed it, and I couldn’t have asked to share it with three better girls,” she said.

“I’m going into Year 11 and I’m looking forward to getting back to my routine.

I’ve had some time off. My taper was before the Worlds, so I will get straight back into it, it shouldn’t take too long.”


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