Any person I idolise, or I really admire their work, I want to beat them… For me, going through my years, I made sure to idolise myself… So when you’re in a race, you have to make sure that you think you are the favourite to win. You have to have that confidence.
I’ve actually medalled in every single swimming meet except for the Olympics, so that’s the goal. I want to get on that podium – I really do. But for me, that’s not something I can control… so I will be happy with going out there and swimming a race that I’m proud of.
I am very hopeful that my personal success in Qatar will ignite others, especially those in the so-called non-traditional sports, to try even harder because now they can see for themselves that significant achievements can be attained. But let me stress that it takes a lot of work – in fact, very hard work – mixed with very heavy doses of patience.