Sky Academy Sports Scholarships: Siobhan-Marie O'Connor targets medals in 2014
By Sam Drury - Follow on Twitter. Last Updated: 10/01/14 12:37pm
Siobhan-Marie O'Connor: Wants to build her her success in the European Short Course Championships during 2014
Siobhan-Marie O'Connor has reflected on her medal-winning end to 2013 and set her sights on adding to her collection this year.
With two major competitions to look forward to in the form of the Commonwealth Games and the European Championships this summer there is no shortage of opportunity to do so on the international stage.
"I've never done a Commonwealth Games before, so that will be really exciting, especially with it being in Glasgow"
The World Cups towards the end of the year saw O'Connor reaching a number of finals but narrowly missing out on medals on a number of occasions.
As such claiming the silver in the 200m individual medley and the bronze in the 100m individual medley at the European Short Course Championships was even more enjoyable for the Sky Academy Sports Scholar.
"My aim was always to try to medal in the 200m," O'Connor told the Bath Chronicle. "If all I'd ended up with was a bronze in that I'd have been happy given it was such a stacked field.
"But to get a silver in that race and then a bronze in the 100m as well was just amazing. And to get two personal bests was fantastic as well because I know I can still improve."
The prospect of showing that improvement at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow is something that the 18-year-old from Bath is very much looking forward too, although the scheduling of the European Championships so quickly on the back of the Games will make success in both a tough ask.
"I've never done a Commonwealth Games before, so that will be really exciting, especially with it being in Glasgow," said O'Connor, who is currently altitude training in Sierra Nevada in Spain.
"It will be a bit strange having members of our squad in different teams up there, though, like Scotland and Wales.
"Unfortunately the European Championships are quite close after the Commonwealths, so we will be at a bit of a disadvantage to the rest of the teams there as they won't be in Glasgow.
"But I think we've said the Commonwealths are the priority this year, so that's what we have to focus on first of all."