Kara Hanlon

Name: Kara Hanlon
Degree: Applied Sport Science
Nationality: Great Britain
Target: 100m or 200m Breaststroke
How did you get involved in swimming?
I enjoyed swimming from a young age and joined my local swimming club at the age of seven. I started training competitively at the age of 14.
How many hours do you train per week?
About 25 hours a week.
How long have you had Rio in your sights?
I have been inspired ever since the London 2012 and it would be a dream to compete at an Olympics. I am very excited to compete at my first Olympic trials.
The first major university swim meet, BUCS Short Course, is coming up. How do you feel your preparation is going? What are some of your goals?
I hope to have some good swims, making sure I stick to my race plans. We are currently in a heavy training block so racing will be hard.
How do you balance your university and training commitments?
I make up a plan of my weekly tasks and timetable so that I stay organised and mange my time effectively.
Swimming is a high energy sport. With a limited student budget, what do you do to ensure you stay fit and healthy?
Buying meat in bulk helps keep costs down, as well as planning weekly meals. Also making sure I eat the right kinds of food at the right time so that I fuelled for the week.
Kara would like to thank Scottish Institute of Sport for their continued support.