Swimmer Laura Kinley is one of the rising stars benefiting from the Glasgow 2014 Support Programme, funded by the Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association, which provides competitors with expert advice and support from the Isle of Man Sport Institute. Laura was named Isle of Man under-21 Sportswoman of the Year at this year’s Isle of Man Bank Sports Awards.
Athlete Profile: Laura Kinley
Sportsclub: Douglas Amateur Swimming Club and Isle of Man Swimming Club
School: St Ninian’s High School
In 2011 Laura won three medals at the Nat West Island Games and also represented the Isle of Man, reaching a final, at the Commonwealth Youth Games. She represented the Isle of Man at the British Youth National Championships and holds all the junior and senior Island female breaststroke records. 2012 was an exceptional season for Laura with the following achievements:
Target events for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games: Laura has achieved many consideration times for 2014 Commonwealth Games in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke events, but will be mainly concentrating on the 50m and 100m events.
Working towards the 2014 Commonwealth Games: North West Regional Championships in May, British National Championships – Open age group in June, Island Games in Bermuda in July and British Youth National Championships in July/August.
How does being on the Glasgow 2014 Support Programme help you?
"I am already extremely grateful to receive support from Isle of Man Sport aid, Cavendish Scholarship, Gubay Scholarship and Servicetech. Their help and assistance, together with the Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association’s Glasgow 2014 Support Programme, will hopefully help me to gain the necessary training and competition on and off-island to achieve my full potential in Glasgow."
What do the Commonwealth Games mean to you?
"Having had the opportunity to compete in the Commonwealth Youth Games it would be an amazing experience to represent the Isle of Man in Glasgow in 2014. The Commonwealth Games is the highest level of competition that you can represent the Island, so being Manx born I would be so proud to represent the Isle of Man. Swimming training is extremely hard but having the goal of the Commonwealth Games makes me train harder and remain determined to get there and do the Island proud."