Olympic Hopeful Sets Sights on Tokyo 2020
Olympic hopeful Kelsie Campbell is over the moon after making a splash with her fantastic A level results.
The 18-year-old, who competes for the Jamaican national team, achieved A*s in all three of her subjects – Maths, Biology and Chemistry – and now plans to take a year off to continue to focus on her swimming.
Earlier this year Kelsie, of Bulwell, began competing for Jamaica and she is setting her sights on representing the country in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
She is going to have a gap year and work part-time so that she can continue her busy training schedule – six days a week – with the Nova Centurion Swimming Club, based at the Harvey Haddon Sports Village.
“I am really pleased with my results, I was just relieved that I got what I wanted and that all my hard work has paid off,” said Kelsie.
While she was studying at college, Kelsie, who specialises in sprint races in freestyle and butterfly, had to get up at 4.30am so she could train before lessons and then returned to training in the evening. She trains for up to 25 hours every week.
“I really want to focus on my swimming and see how far I can go with that. I do want to go to university next year but I am looking into the possibility of going to America to study there on a swimming scholarship.
“I chose to swim for Jamaica as there are more opportunities for me to represent the country. My dad is Jamaican and my mum is British so I could choose who I wanted to compete for.”