Para-swimmer Tully Kearney has truly had a 2015 to savour. After being reclassified to the S9 category, the 18-year old made the most of an injury and illness-free season.
She took the S9 class by storm at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, setting European records for gold in the 400m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly and 200m Individual Medley.
Another gold followed in the 34pt 4x100m Medley Relay as well as silver in the 100m Backstroke and bronze in the 34pt 4x100m Freestyle Relay.
The young swimmer's success saw her nominated for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award where she made the top three.
What has been your favourite memory from 2015?
Without a doubt winning four gold medals, a silver and a bronze at the IPC World Championships in Glasgow.
Being on the podium and hearing myself described as ‘world champion’ and then the national anthem being played was a dream come true for me and made all my hard work and sacrifices worthwhile.
Tell us about your plans for the festive period
I won’t finish training in Manchester until Christmas Eve and will then go home to Aldridge village near Birmingham where I live.
On Christmas Day we will be going to a family gathering at my Grandad’s near Grantham. I love family time at Christmas so I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone.
What are you hoping to find under your Christmas tree?
I got the best present ever last year – a rescue cat called Mistletoe – so that’s hard to beat. I would love a puppy but I think I’ll have to wait until I retire from swimming!
I actually got an early Christmas present from a distant relative this year who very kindly sent me a generous cheque to ‘treat’ myself for Christmas after seeing me compete at Worlds.
It was such a lovely surprise and I bought myself an Apple watch and a new Bose wireless speaker for the gym (thank you so much Great Great Uncle Vic!).
What’s your favourite part of Christmas dinner?
Everything! It will be the one day of the year that I don’t restrict myself.
Are you making any New Year’s resolutions?
To ask for help when I need it, as I sometimes get worried about conflicting demands on my time with being at university as well as my training schedule. It can be hard to balance things sometimes.
What are you looking forward to most in the year ahead?
I’m looking forward to travelling to Thailand in January for a three-week camp and getting some hard training in before the trials for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
My aim is to qualify and then produce the best swims of my life at the Games.