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.
Name: Laura Kinley
Home town: Douglas
Sports club: 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:
• Won the silver medal at the North Zonal Region
Championships, Sheffield in a new Isle of Man senior and junior
record, qualifying her for the Open Age Category of 100m
breaststroke at the London Olympic Trials.
• Laura was the only swimmer to represent the Isle of Man at the London Aquatic Centre in the 2012 Olympic Trials - British Championships. She set a new Isle of Man junior and senior 50m breaststroke record in the process.
• At the Isle of Man Championships Laura won 22 medals, setting four individual and two team Isle of Man records as well as 9 individual and team Isle of Man Championship records.
• Won five Medals (one gold, three silver and one bronze) at the North West Regional Championships in Manchester.
• Competed in all open age breaststroke events at the
British Open Championships (final Olympic qualification meet) in
Sheffield. Laura qualified in fifth place for the final of the 50m
breast stroke event coming sixth overall, setting a new Isle of Man
record time and was the youngest swimmer to reach the final.
Laura's time in the semi-final was the 25th fastest ever recorded
by a British female in this event - and she was the youngest
swimmer in the top 25.
• At the British National Youth Championships in Sheffield, Laura set four new senior Isle of Man breaststroke records, winning the bronze medal in the 100m breast stroke final and coming 10th overall in the 200m breaststroke final.
• Won DASC award for the best off-island swimming performance by any of their swimmers in 2012.
• Won Barclays Student of the Year award for Sport.
• Won gold in the 50m breast stroke at the Manchester Snow'pen level 1 meet.
• In March this year Laura competed in the British International Meet where she beat the British record holder in the 50m breaststroke and came 6th in the final behind the Olympic and European champions. This meant that Laura was the 4th placed British swimmer.
• Laura has achieved more than 30 consideration times for the 2014 Commonwealth Games covering all breaststroke events.
Target events for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth
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.
How does being on the Glasgow 2014 Support Programme
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
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.