There’s a lot riding on Euan Inglis’ quest for glory in the 50m breaststroke at the Gold Coast Games – because he’s planning to hang up his trunks afterwards.
Inglis, 24, who does most of his training at Edinburgh University, where he graduated from last year, grew up in Aberdeen’s West End.
Inglis won silver in last year’s British Championships, where he also hit the Commonwealth qualifying time, and placed eighth in the final this year, he now plans to leave the pool behind in August and dive into his chartered accountancy qualifications.
When asked whether he’ll keep swimming, Inglis said: “No. I have made the Games, which was my end goal.
“I would have considered staying on for 2020, but the 50 breaststroke didn’t get added to the Olympic roster, they decided to add the distance events.
“So I knew this would be my finishing point.”
Inglis also swims the 100m breaststroke and is reigning Scottish champion in both events. However, as the 100m is stacked with British superstars like Adam Peaty and Ross Murdoch, the Aberdonian, like fellow North-east swimmer Mark Campbell, will concentrate his efforts on the shorter swim.
Like most swimmers heading Down Under, it’s hard to predict his Games’ performance off his British Championships swims because, at this point, he is still training heavily almost every day in attempt to build as much explosive power as possible. He swam almost 40km and had three gym sessions on competition week.
Inglis said: “For the British, I swam it like it was a in-training swim. When it comes to Gold Coast, in our holding camp, we’ll slowly taper down.
“So we’ll gradually get more rested. The first week might be seven sessions at 4km, the next week might be six sessions at 3km.
“The reason for this is because our bodies are used to recovering at a base rate and, if we’re not expending the same amount of energy, your body will overcompensate and you’ll feel like you’ve got more energy than you should have.
“When we come to race at the Games, we’ll be able to race faster.”
On his goals for the Games, Inglis said: “It’s always been a dream to medal at the Commonwealth Games.
“I’m going in with the mindset it’s a possibility and it’s what I’ve been working for over the last few years.
“If I’ve got a lane in the final, I’ll race the best race I can – and be proud of what I do.”