Stockport Metro swimmer Katie Matts has stood out as one of the most exciting British junior swimmers of 2015.
She started her year in the best way possible, setting PBs across all three distances of breaststroke in January at the long course Flanders Cup in Antwerp.
Those performances earned her a spot on the British Swimming Podium Potential programme and she has gone from strength to strength as the season has progressed.
In March, she finished within a second of Commonwealth and European medallist Molly Renshaw to land 200m Breaststroke silver with a PB 2:26.69 at the British Swimming Championships in London.
If I wasn't a swimmer, I would probably be a normal teenager, sleeping in until 7:30!
Matts then starred for GB at August's World Junior Championships in Sinagpore, winning bronze medals for 50m and 100m Breaststroke and clocking a PB 1:07.96 in the 100m Breast, less than a week after her 17th birthday!
- Date of Birth: 25 August 1998
- Born: Salford
- Team/Club: Stockport Metro
- Coach: Sean Kelly
In The Pool
I swim either nine or 10 sessions a week in the pool and do gym sessions as well.
Finest ever performance:
My best achievement so far was winning my bronze medal in the 100m Breaststroke at the World Juniors in Singapore this year.
My favourite event is either the 100m or 200m Breaststroke.
My swimming role models are probably Michael Phelps and Ruta Meilutyte (pictured below), who swims breaststroke like me and won the 100m Breaststroke at the London 2012 Olympics.
Last thing you do before leaving the changing room:
The last thing I do is make sure I have a spare hat and goggles in my race bag.
First swimming memory:
Probably crying at my first swimming lesson!
My big target is to make the British team for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Out Of The Pool
If I wasn’t a swimmer I would be:
A normal teenager! And I would definitely be sleeping in until at least 7.30am!
Tip for the top:
Always give it your best shot
Life after swimming:
I'm not sure yet but I'd like to do something involved with sport.
Would most like to meet:
Most prized possession:
Probably my laptop. I would be lost without it!
Biggest influence on career:
My parents and my coach Sean Kelly at Stockport.
I like all types of music
I like the Shawshank Redemption and Pitch Perfect.