Camp Mountain's Tamika Domrow is about to compete at her second Olympic Games.
As well as success at the London Olympics, Camp Mountain synchronised swimmer Tamika Domrow is hoping for better exposure and understand of her sport.
What are your expectations for the Olympics, and what goals has the team set itself?
I believe these games are going to be the best ones so far. My team is hoping to swim our routine the best we ever have and better our score from the Beijing 2008 Olympics, and come seventh or better.
How will your previous Olympics experience help in London?
I think I’m more prepared mentally for these Olympics by having that knowledge and understanding of what competition pressure is really like, and how to not get distracted. We know that we aren’t in medal reach, however that doesn’t mean we don’t have expectations of our own that we want to achieve.
How do you rate the Australian team’s form heading to London?
From what I have seen I think all sports are training just as hard as we are and are more then ready to represent Australia in the biggest sporting event – the Olympics.
Will success in London lift the profile of synchronised swimming in Australia?
Hopefully. That’s all we have ever wanted. We want to do ourselves and our country proud and to get a little more recognition for what we do would be nice. People don’t realise how much synchronised swimmers train. Nine hours a day is never easy, but it’s all worth it. The sport has so many aspects to it. We get limited funding but it’s definitely growing and people are really starting to get behind our sport, which is so nice to see.
What do you think is the key to your success in sport?
Definitely a positive attitude, motivation, dedication and a drive to want to be better. You will never get any where in life or in your sport without it.
What are you favourite Olympic memories, from any sport?
When I was younger I loved watching the swimming on TV. Seeing everyone’s success made me want to do even better at my swimming back in the day. Also competing in the 2008 Olympics is something that I will never forget. Watching the video of me and my team swim our routines still makes me nervous, even though I know we swam well.