City of Sheffield swimmer Nick Grainger's breakthrough season was a turbulent one, with his first Commonwealth (Glasgow 2014) selection being closely followed by spinal injury problems.
Without being affected by his fractured spine too much, the 20-year-old's Commonwealths debut included qualification for the 200m Free final (going on to finish 8th) and also helping England to finish fourth in the 4x200m Free relay final.
This summer Grainger will be part of the 29-strong GB team competing at the World Champs in Kazan, Russia. To prepare for this Worlds debut, along with the rest of the squad, the Mare Nostrum series will provide important experience for the freestyler.
Read our Q&A with Nick as he prepares for summer 2015.
- Date of Birth: 3 October 1994
- Born: Rotherham
- Team/Club: City of Sheffield (COSSS)
- Coach: Russ Barber
IN THE POOL
Finest ever performance:
Qualifying for the 2015 world championships on the 400 free.
To medal at the Olympic games.
Michael Phelps, Ryan lochte - all the greats really.
OUT OF THE POOL
If I wasn’t a swimmer I would be:
Either a police officer or a teacher.
Tip for the top:
Always believe you can do something before you give it a try.
Life after swimming:
We will have to see how well swimming goes first, but hopefully something active and not a desk type job.
Would most like to meet:
I think it would be hilarious to sit down and chat with actors James Franco and Seth Rogan.
Most prized possession:
Biggest influence on career:
Probably my dad for helping me through the early morning training.
I am partial to a bit of football and rugby.
I am a fan of rap music, like the motivational sort of stuff.
I love a good steak.
I love relaxing on my PlayStation 4, going to the cinema with my girlfriend and generally relaxing.
First swimming memory:
Screaming as my dad put me in the water for the first time!