Proud hoping home support can power Brits to European glory
Ben Proud has already tasted major medal success in home waters and the Plymouth swimmer believes a raucous home support will power him and his fellow Brits to glory at the upcoming European Championships.
With just 50 days to go until the meet in Glasgow, Britain's swimmers are turning their minds to the next major competition after an impressive haul on the Gold Coast in April.
Proud has previous in Glasgow's Tollcross International Swimming Centre, winning 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly in the Commonwealths four years ago. He also won European gold as part of the 4x100m medley in Berlin that year.
And the reigning world 50m butterfly champion has fond memories of a home crowd spurring him on to success, and is confident the same can be achieved once more.
"I'm really looking forward to Glasgow 2018," he said. "Last time I was there for a major event was the Commonwealth Games in 2014, which was my breakout competition.
"It's been four years since then and I've gone through a full cycle, so it's personal to me seeing how far I have come. I feel it's going to be a really great meet.
"We've got a great junior team coming through and when we are only two years out from Tokyo it's really exciting to see what they can do over the next couple of years. They are already so talented!"
Aimee Wilmott, who won 400m medley Commonwealth gold in Australia two months ago, bagged two silvers at the 2014 championships in Glasgow and is similarly looking for noise from the stands to cheer her on.
"Competing at Glasgow 2018 will bring back so many great memories from the Commonwealth Games so it should be a great meet," she said.
"In Glasgow when I've raced before there's always been a really good atmosphere so hopefully it will be really loud at the back end of the race and really help to push me on."