Reflecting on my Career- An interview with Darcy Deakin
At the end of a swimming career that took her to the podium at the European Games, I’m catching up with Darcy Deakin and looking back over her sparkling 11 years in the pool.
How did you get into swimming?
My grandparents got me into swim lessons because they wanted me to be water safe for holidays and then whilst I was learning my swim teachers got me into competing.
What is your favourite moment from your career?
I’d have to say my favourite moment was either winning silver at the European Games with the mixed 4x100 Free team (because who doesn’t love winning medals and swimming fast) or qualifying for my final British Champs two days before entries closed. Whilst the latter wasn’t a best time it’s taken a lot to get back to a level I was happy with!
Your favourite thing about sport?
There’s a lot of things to love about sport, but my favourite has to be the people you meet. Most of my best friends have come from training, competition and even uni – it’s just nice to be part of such a big network.
Most difficult time in your career?
My most difficult time was definitely during the 2015/16 season. I’d had a really successful season during 2014/15 and had my best ever start to the season which gave me a lot of hope to attempt to make Rio [2016 Olympics]. But then I became really injured that December which put me out of training for 3 months and has affected my training ever since. That period was one of the worst I’ve been through – it’s hard to be happy for your teammates success when you’re stuck on the poolside – but I was lucky in the fact that my teammates and staff were really supportive and happy to help as much as they could.
How did you know it was time to leave swimming?
It was a bit weird knowing I was finished with swimming. I’d been debating it for a while but always felt I had more to give – part of me still does to be honest! - but I came out of a session one night and knew I had nothing more to give and I could finally imagine a life without swimming... you could say I was at peace with it all.
Darcy Deakin interviewed by Anna Doughty