Taylor Made: Ruck Reflects On Rio Joy & Budapest Woe As Commonwealths Loom

Taylor Ruck - courtesy of Swimming Canada

The Swim England Winter Championships represented the final chance to book a spot for the event at Gold Coast in April but while the consequent highs and lows commanded attention, there was also a small group of Canadian women led by former Great Britain women’s coach Ben Titley. Taylor Ruck, Kierra Smith, Kayla Sanchez and Rebecca Smith may have numbered just four but between them boasted Olympic, world, world junior and Pan-American medals. Especially notable was Ruck who went 2:06.87 in the 200m backstroke. Coach Ben Titley tells Liz Byrnes: “These girls are a fabulous group to work with. It is refreshing to work with young people, there are challenges because they move away from home at a young age, they billet with families, they have to go through certain experiences we all go through as teenagers and they are doing it away from home…”

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The Swim England Winter Championships represented the final chance to book a spot for the event at Gold Coast in April but while the consequent highs and lows commanded attention, there was also a small group of Canadian women led by former Great Britain women’s coach Ben Titley. Taylor Ruck, Kierra Smith, Kayla Sanchez and Rebecca Smith may have numbered just four but between them boasted Olympic, world, world junior and Pan-American medals. Especially notable was Ruck who went 2:06.87 in the 200m backstroke. Coach Ben Titley tells Liz Byrnes: “These girls are a fabulous group to work with. It is refreshing to work with young people, there are challenges because they move away from home at a young age, they billet with families, they have to go through certain experiences we all go through as teenagers and they are doing it away from home…”

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Colin Ruck

Great article…well written!

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