Norfolk hope excited by Great Britain debut

Norfolk's Anne Bochmann will pull on the Great Britain cap for the first time at this weekend's British Gas Duel in the Pool - and the Norwich rookie admits she can't wait.

Norfolk's Anne Bochmann will pull on the Great Britain cap for the first time at this weekend's British Gas Duel in the Pool - and the Norwich rookie admits she can't wait.

The 16-year-old swimming starlet will take to the water alongside double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington as a 35-strong GB team go head-to-head with old enemies Germany in Swansea. Bochmann first came onto the GB selectors' radar in 2008 when she won three gold medals at the European Junior Championships in Serbia. But despite impressing the swimming chiefs enough to give her a GB debut in south Wales Bochmann insists her Swansea performances should be taken with a pinch of salt.

'I am really looking forward to going to the Duel in the Pool because it is a going to be a fantastic event with lots of big names swimming in it,' said Bochmann. 'Being selected for the senior GB team is fantastic and I was just really happy when I heard the news. But I am not expecting to be in great shape there because we are still in the middle of hard winter training at the minute with the Commonwealth trials coming up at the end of March.

'They are really important to me and so I am not as rested as I would normally be for a big competition so I just want to go to Swansea and try and swim some good times and enjoy the experience.'


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It's been all change for Bochmann this season with the Norwich youngster upping sticks from her old school, Norwich High School for Girls, to go and study in Yorkshire.

Bochmann made the switch in order to stay working with former Norwich-based coach Dave Calleja and is taking to her new surroundings like a duck to water.

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'I moved up to go to school in Yorkshire because Dave left really,' added Bochmann. 'I had been working with him for three years so I wanted to keep that going and it has gone well. Everyone made me feel really welcome and I have made lots of good friends and settled in nicely. Training has been going well and I have swum some good times so hopefully I can keep that going.'

The nation's leading energy supplier British Gas is the Principle Partner of British Swimming, and have pledged �15m to support the sport at all levels. British Gas are committed to swimming in Britain, from paddling pool to podium. For more information visit www.britishgas.co.uk/swimming

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