GB swimmer Brown praises coach

PUBLISHED: 14:25 01 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:18 26 October 2009

Hatfield swimmer Adam Brown

Hatfield swimmer Adam Brown

BEIJING-bound swimmer Adam Brown has praised top Hatfield coach Nick Juba for helping him get to this summer s Olympics. Brown was selected in the second wave of swimmers for this year s Games in China and will compete for Great Britain in the 4x100m fre

Hatfield coach Nick Juba

BEIJING-bound swimmer Adam Brown has praised top Hatfield coach Nick Juba for helping him get to this summer's Olympics.

Brown was selected in the second wave of swimmers for this year's Games in China and will compete for Great Britain in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

"Making the GB Team for Beijing has been a dream come true for me," said 19-year-old Brown.

"Since joining Hatfield Swimming Club in 2003 and being coached by Nick Juba, I have learnt so much about swimming.

"Nick has always been there for me when things haven't gone to plan and he knows me very well.

"The relationship between a coach and swimmer is very important, you have to get on and have trust in your coach.

"With Nick I can trust him because he knows what I need to make me a better swimmer.

"He is one of the best coaches in the UK and has produced many great swimmers."

Brown secured his Olympic berth with a series of fine swims at the recent British Championships and trials in Sheffield.

"I really wasn't sure whether I would make the team," said Brown.

"I knew going into the trials that to make the team I would have to swim faster then I ever have done before."

Brown was ranked only ninth in Britain at the end of last year and to make the relay quartet he had to finish in the top four at the trials.

He achieved that goal in his favourite event, the 100m freestyle, by lowering his personal best by 1.4 seconds, finishing second in the final in a time of 49.64 seconds.

"In the heats I swam a time of 49.50, which is the third fastest time ever in Great Britain," said Brown.

Following a GB Olympic training camp in Sardinia, Brown will be back on Hatfield duty at the National Speedo League Final in Sheffield on May 11.


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