Swimming - Olympic torch-carrying teen plans breakout 2013

By her own admission 2012 was a year to forget for Charlotte Bradbury but the teenage swimmer already knows how she will turn her fortunes around, and in some style too.

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The 17-year-old took a year off from her studies at South Cheshire College to try and earn one of the breaststroke spots on the British swimming team for the London 2012 Olympics.

But, despite carrying the Olympic Torch, that was as far as her London 2012 involvement stretched as she failed in her bid to reach the capital.

This was hard to take but not a surprise to Bradbury, having only moved from the Crewe Flyers club to the City of Liverpool just before the start of the season.

It was always going to take time to adjust but Bradbury insists she is now settled and everything points towards a successful 2013.

“My year wasn’t too good to be honest as I wanted to get to the Olympics but ended up watching it on TV,” said Bradbury.

“I think that the reason I didn’t make it was because I had only just moved clubs and it took time to adjust to that and being under a new coach.

“But I have now gone back to college after taking a year out and I am at Winsford Amateur Swimming Club at the moment and I have been feeling a lot more confident about things.

“I feel like 2013 will be a good year for me and I have set my sights on breaking the 200m breaststroke British record.

“I have already set a new 50m personal best at a small meet this season so that shows me that I am heading in the right direction and the aim now is to go as fast as possible.”

Bradbury’s Olympic involvement was restricted further when she was unable to get tickets for the swimming, forcing her to watch on from her sofa at home.

But she is adamant she won’t let history repeat itself in two years time at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

“Watching all of the swimming on my TV was hard to take but I thought the team did really well,” she added. “It did make me really jealous though and I want to be a part of it all at the next big competition.

“So my long term goal now is to be there for the Commonwealth Games in 2014, I don’t want to miss out anymore.”

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