James Hickman





When did you start swimming and what was the first club you swam for? I started swimming when I was 6 years old and my first club was Stockport Metro S.C.

When did you first to swim for England/Great Britain? When I was 15, I was on the GB team for the European Junior Championships

How do you prepare yourself for a big race? I go through the race in my mind lots of times before it.

What goes through your mind when you are standing on the blocks before a big race? Before hand I give myself a few “key words” to think about like-streamlining.

Does one race stand out from all the rest in your mind? Winning the 200m butterfly final at the European juniors in 1993. It was my first international title.

Whose swimming talents do you most admire? Alexander Popov- Russia

What’s your favourite part of training? I like training whenever I’m swimming fast!

Do you have any tips for young aspiring swimmers? What ever you are going to do, do it really well, if you’re not going to do it well then don’t do it at all.

If you could compete in any other sport in the world at a top level, which would it be? Basketball in America because it’s fast and I enjoy fast sports. There’s also loads of money in it.

What is your most embarrassing sporting moment? Getting disqualified for a false start in the final of the 100m butterfly in the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

Do you have any superstitions? No.