Swim star appeals for help after fund blow
Olympian Stacey Tadd may be forced to give up on her elite- level swimming career unless she can find help to fund her full-time training.
The English record holder, who has trained at the University of Bath since she was 11, missed out on a place in the 200m breaststroke semi-finals at London 2012 by just two- tenths of a second.
However, her failure to finish in the top 16 means the three- times British champion's UK Sport lottery funding is now coming to an end.
At the age of 23 and with her times still getting better, Tadd believes it is too early to hang up her goggles.
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But she says she will only be able to do herself justice if she can train full-time.
"I don't feel ready to give up on swimming yet as I've been improving but I don't know what else I can do," said Tadd, who was ranked 18th at the Olympics.
"I've had major injuries in the past, the last of which was in 2008. Since then I've improved and gone to every major championships. I'd like to continue that and get closer to the British record.
"I've got some money saved up so I can carry on for now but it cannot go on indefinitely. We have our trials in spring next year to get to the World Championships, so I'll at least keep on training until then.
"I knew it would come but going from a certain amount of funding to absolutely nothing is difficult.
"I did have a part-time job a couple of years ago but I found it quite tough having that as well as my training. I think I benefited from being able to concentrate fully on my swimming when I did get the funding and was able to train full-time.
"If I can't find the funding, I would have to get a job but I've got no idea what."
Despite falling short of her semi-final target in London, Tadd – who is coached by Mark Skimming – looks back on her Olympics experience fondly.
"It was amazing," she said. "Obviously I would have liked to get a personal best but it was the best morning heat swim I've ever done.
"Everyone's been really supportive, my friends and family. I've even had a couple of people walk past my house and congratulate me, so it's really good to have that."
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