Scottish prodigy Grace Reid targets Commonwealth glory in Glasgow now that she’s fully grown
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THE Scottish swimmer dived full-length into the hearts and minds of the nation at the Commonwealth Games in India when, aged just 14, she was sixth in the 3m springboard event.
cottish diver Grace Reid is all smiles after being named in the Team Scotland Aquatics Squad for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games
GRACE REID was the height of nonsense at Delhi 2010. Now she’s all grown up.
Daredevil Reid dived full-length into the hearts and minds of the nation at the Commonwealth Games in India when, aged just 14, she was sixth in the 3m springboard event.
Now she is part of Team Scotland’s 40-strong aquatics team for Glasgow 2014.
And that is good news for everyone except her mum – who can’t bear to watch her dive for glory from such great heights
Reid, a self-confessed adrenalin junkie, said: “I used to swim when I was really young and did every sport under the sun.
“I tried diving one day, thought it was really good and just stuck at it.
“My mum used to cover her eyes when she watched me dive. I was just five.
“It is so close to flying and a break from schoolwork.
“I’ve grown 10cm since Delhi. Everyone used to call me wee Gracie but they can’t do that now.
“I have grown a lot and it has made my diving quite difficult because if you have longer limbs you are less aerodynamic and flexibility is compromised.
“My training schedule has been all over the place because basically I have been forced to work with a new body.”
Reid will also compete in the 1m springboard and has until the end of May to qualify for the 3m – her favoured event.
She insists she can handle the pressure of competing in front of a home crowd.
She said: “I am coming into these Games as an older athlete and a lot more experienced.
“The initial thing for me was to qualify for one event so I knew I had made the team, so it’s a massive relief to have done so.
“The 3m is my favourite and best event so I want to qualify on merit.
“There were pretty low expectations of me in Delhi because I was only 14.
“When I came sixth people were really surprised.
“It was great having no expectations and it worked to my advantage.
“But I am an adult coming into these Games and I have a different perspective.
“Perhaps I am not as naive. I will take a lot more in and that will work to my advantage.
“I am of an age where the pressure is not quite as daunting.
“At 14, a home crowd would have been too much for me.
“I would have stood on the board and just been awestruck.
“Now competing at home will hopefully lift my performance.
“Winning a medal is a kind of dream for me at the moment but I would not rule anything out”.
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