In a team full of champions, 25-year-old Olga Sviderska is undoubtedly one of the leading lights.
The Ukrainian S4 world champion goes into this year’s IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, Great Britain, from 13-19 July with seven titles to defend but admits it is important to keep an eye on your rivals’ performances.
“When you are doing sport you have to monitor the results of your opponents. It is always a huge motivation to improve your own results and reach new goals,” she said.
One such rival is Italy’s Arjola Trimi who, along with seeing off Sviderska for European gold in the 50m freestyle in 2014, is one of the leading S4 swimmers this season.
However Sviderska is focused on Glasgow 2015 and while no particular performance has stood out for her she knows how important this summer’s World Championships will be.
“Each performance shows something special,” she said. “There are no two similar starts. This is the mix of adrenaline and worries. And it is a result of your hard work.
“It is well known that the World Championships in Glasgow is a “stepping stone” to Rio Games and a chance to check yourself.”
Sviderska was a member of the powerful Ukraine team that topped the medal tables at both the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal, Canada, and the 2014 IPC Swimming European Championships in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
The 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships will feature around 580 athletes from nearly 70 countries and will be one of the biggest qualification opportunities for Rio 2016.
Tickets are still available at www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Glasgow2015 and all seven days of action will be shown live at Glasgow2015.com alongside live results between 13-19 July.
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