Swimmer Profile - Georgia Davies – LEN

MEET YOUR BRITISH TEAM FOR EUROSWIM 2019

A strong British team will contest the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow, featuring four recently-crowned world champions. Here’s our one-stop-shop for getting to know your home heroes that will descend on Tollcross and compete for medals with Europe’s best. Freya Anderson: a Scouse sensation whose inexorable rise shows no signs of slowing. IG – […]
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EuroSwim 2019 in numbers

What a week it was at EuroSwim in Glasgow, with Tollcross crowds given endless thrills, British success and a host of great memories to cherish.  Russia topped the medal table and Great Britain took home their best haul of medals since 2003, continuing the team’s storied relationship with the Glasgow pool. And British teenage sensation Freya Anderson […]
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Kolesnikov reels off double gold as Russia rule on final night at EuroSwim

Kliment Kolesnikov underlined his status as one of swimming’s brightest young stars with two golds inside an hour as Russia dominated the final night of the LEN European Short Course Championships. The 19-year-old broke the 200m long-course backstroke world record in Glasgow last year but didn’t get a fairytale return, crashing out in the 200m […]
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Three things from Tollcross: Hopkin sets up tilt at top step as EuroSwim builds to climax

Europe’s elite scrabbled for lanes in Sunday morning’s heats ahead of a grandstand final night, promising ten back-to-back finals and non-stop drama. With Freya Anderson going for gold once again and Duncan Scott set to race in three finals, it’s set to be a memorable evening with limited tickets still available for the session. Here […]
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Anderson stuns to claim second gold on a magical night at EuroSwim

Freya Anderson did it again. Great Britain’s teenage sensation sent a loud Tollcross crowd wild for a second night running, soaring to 200m freestyle success and thumping her own national record. Then back to anchor her nation to silver in the mixed 4x50m freestyle, taking the medal tally to nine, Anderson is emerging as the […]
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Three Things from Tollcross: Champions back in the pool on sprint Saturday

Day Three heroes rode the wave of their success on Saturday morning as a bumper weekend at EuroSwim gathers pace. Gold medallists from Friday night Freya Anderson, Vladimir Morozov and Katinka Hosszu all dived back into competition and underlined their multiple medal credentials. Here are three things you might have missed from the morning session. […]
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Anderson outshines big names to claim gold on thrilling Friday at EuroSwim

A star is born in Great Britain’s Freya Anderson, who held off a world-class field to win 100m freestyle gold at the LEN European Short Course Championships. Anderson, 18, sealed a maiden international title with aplomb in front of a boisterous home crowd at Tollcross, a superb final two lengths underpinning a personal best 51.49. […]
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Three things from Tollcross: Britain set up frantic Friday night at EuroSwim

Friday at EuroSwim is already coming to the boil after morning heats bubbled away and teed up more medal chances for Britain in the Tollcross pool. After sealing medals on Thursday night, Duncan Scott, Vladimir Morozov and Kira Toussaint returned to the water and showed their class once again. Here are three quick takeaways from […]
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Litchfield bags Britain gold as world record falls at EuroSwim

It’s all on track to Tokyo for Max Litchfield after dominant 400m individual medley gold at the LEN European Short Course Championships. The Yorkshireman, who arrived in Glasgow with an entry time four seconds quicker than any other, delivered Britain’s first EuroSwim gold medal to the delight of a bumper Tollcross crowd. Litchfield’s family, also […]
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Huge volunteer effort forms backbone of smooth running of EuroSwim

More than 225 volunteers have teamed up with Glasgow Life to deliver the LEN European Short Course Championships at Tollcross International Swimming Centre this week, with applicants from as far away as Hungary and the United Arab Emirates. From directing spectators to their seats, providing information and support to the swimmers and the media, organizing […]
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Three things from Tollcross: Scott’s away on Day Two at EuroSwim

A pulsating first night gave way to a fascinating second morning with the LEN European Short Course Championships well underway. It was Italy atop the medal table after Day One, but eight further champions will be crowned at Tollcross tonight and Britain will be well in the hunt. Here are three things we learned from […]
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Swimmer Profile – Georgia Davies

When she lines up on the blocks at the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships, Georgia Davies will have come full circle.

That’s quite a statement for an athlete who has competed at every level of the sport, stretching to two Olympic Games and no fewer than ten gongs at European level.

But her first medal wearing the Great Britain cap came at the 2011 edition of the European Short Course Championships, held in the Polish city of Szczecin.

The backstroke specialist made her international debut the year before as part of the Welsh team at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, bringing home 50m bronze.

The switch from one length to two and a GB debut suited Davies down to the ground, coming out on top in a breakneck dash for 50m back silver, touching 0.1 ahead of third and 0.4 ahead of fourth.

It was all sweeter as she’d missed out on the podium by a whisker in the 100m back on the previous evening, 0.23 shy of the bronze medal position.

It was all vital experience for Davies, who had a busy week in Poland with 200m and relay responsibilities to juggle.

“I swam five times on the day I won silver – it was tough to get up for it mentally and psych myself up,” she said at the time.

“I was really disappointed with the 100. I thought I was capable of going faster and I felt a bit down on the morning, but my teammates picked me up and I was delighted to get the medal.”

Davies harnessed every iota of the experience the Short Course Championships gave her in terms of dealing with tight turnarounds and going through the rounds in a high-stakes competition.

There was no bigger stage than London 2012 and seven months later Davies was on the start line at the Aquatics Centre, finishing sixth in her 100m backstroke heat and exiting in the semi-finals.

She enjoyed a successful Rio Olympic cycle and a scintillating 2014, becoming a Commonwealth champion and winning three medals at the 2014 European Long Course Championships.

But she had to wait until 2018 for her first individual title, claiming 50m backstroke glory in Glasgow at the European Championships.

Can she continue her love affair with the iconic Scottish city in December?

Social handles

Twitter – @Ge0rgiaDavies90

Instagram – Georgiabdavies

Short course personal bests

50m backstroke – 26.24 (2015, British record)

100m backstroke – 56.45 (2016)

Fun Fact

Georgia is part of the Energy Standard franchise in the ISL and now based in Antalya, Turkey.