Swimming: Sophie Taylor confident of strong World Championship show after relocating to Bath from London

Sophie Taylor
Sophie Taylor

Harrogate swimmer Sophie Taylor has switched training bases ahead of her first appearance at a World Championships later this year.

Taylor has been confirmed in a 30-strong Great Britain squad for the championships to be held in Russia from July 24 to August 9.

But she will prepare for the competition in Bath after upping sticks from London after just eight months in the capital.

“Now I am moving to Bath I am feeling confident that I can produce something decent at the worlds,” she said.

“I am hoping this move will set me up nicely.”

The Harrogate swimmer was unsure which events she will compete in at her debut worlds but she is expected to have a busy schedule in Kazan.

On her selection, she said: “I am pretty happy. It’s something I have always worked for and I am looking forward to taking on the rest of the world in Russia.

“It’s always fun to race against the best and see what the difference in times is.”

Taylor moved her training regime to the London Aquatic Centre – home of the swimming at the 2012 Olympic Games – last year after storming to a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

However, the 19-year-old’s indifferent form at the British National Championships two weeks ago has led to a move to the west country.

The Harrogate ace put disqualification in the 200m behind her as she successfully defended her 100m breaststroke title and posted the fastest 50m time by a Briton at the championships, held in the London Aquatics Centre.

But her 100m time of 1:07.39 was more than a second outside the national record set in 2014 and she admitted the performance sparked the move to Bath.

Taylor added: “I don’t think they were my best, I feel I can do much better which is why I decided to move.

“I had a good 50 and a good 200, even though I ended up being disqualified.

“The times I had were a bit off my British Records last year but there were still a few good swims.

“It was a bit of a shock to see that I had been disqualified but it’s something that happens in breaststroke quite a bit and I have to learn from it.”