20 January 2013
SWIMMING: The biggest swimming comeback of AYOF2013 is definitely Canadian representative Sydney Pickrem.
Pickrem began her week at a loss, after being disqualified in the heats of the 100m backstroke, her first event of the Festival.
"That was the first time I've been disqualified in a long time," Pickrem laughed, although her disappointment shone through.
The 15-year-old remained positive and tried not to let the bad result affect her performance.
“I just knew that I had to come back and change things up, make things better. I just wanted to get our flag up there.”
And that is exactly what she did. After finishing 7th in the final of the 100m breaststroke, she gave an exciting performance in the women's 400m individual medley, surging towards the wall and taking silver, in a race that was down to the touch.
Straight after that, she powered through the water yet again in the women's 4x200m freestyle relay, closing the gap between Canada and bronze medallists, Australia Gold.
"Where I train back home, it [the program] is always jam-packed. We always have a lot of races, so I guess I'm used to it," Pickrem said of her impressive physical feat.
Meanwhile, Pickrem, who lives and trains in Florida, USA, has been enjoying spending time with her team, who she is unable to train with due to geographical constraints, and is soaking up the Olympic experience.
"Winning a medal at home, they announce your name and it’s not really a big deal, but here with all the flags it's like you're really representing your country."
Sydney Pickrem was selected to trial for Canada's London Olympics team and is training towards her big shot at Rio 2016.
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