Experience will do me good, says Bochmann

Norwich's Anne Bochmann will make her major senior international debut at the Commonwealth Games and has vowed to leave with her head held high no matter what the outcome.

Bochmann claimed 200m medley gold and 400m freestyle silver in Sunderland, securing swims for Delhi in both as a result, while she will also take to the pool in the 200m butterfly.

The former City of Norwich Swimming Club flyer will come up against the likes of Australian triple Olympic champion Stephanie Rice in the medley, while competition in the freestyle will come from closer to home.

Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington will arrive in Delhi as the pre-race favourite and Bochmann insists she will only be looking on the positive side of all of her performances.

'It is always important that you focus on the positives and even if a race doesn't go as well as you wanted you have to be upbeat,' said Bochmann.


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'You can often learn more from a poor swim than a great swim and because this is my first Commonwealth Games, I think it will be important to just gain the experience.

'I want to swim well and my preparations have mirrored this but however I perform the experience of being at a Games, on a big team in an athletes' village, is irreplaceable.

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'You can't buy that experience and it will really help me and put me in good stead for the London 2012 Olympics and being in that sort of environment.

'Hopefully I will swim how I want but if I don't I would have learnt a lot and the whole athlete experience will be so good with all the different sports that are going on.'

Bochmann – a four-time European junior champion – fine-tuned her Commonwealth preparations at a holding camp in Qatar at Doha's Aspire Academy for Sports.

And the Norwich flyer has vowed not to let the scale and magnitude of the Commonwealth Games – plagued by concerns over security and safety – get the better of her.

'I think it is important to just stay relaxed ,' she added.

'But I am not setting any hopes too high, I just want to relax and enjoy myself and swim the best I can and anything else will just be a bonus.

'In training I have been doing some really good sets but I have to make sure I don't leave my race in the training pool.

'There are quite a few things from the sets I have been doing to boost my confidence and hopefully when I get to Delhi I can show it.'

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