Halsall sweats the small stuff
GB swimmer Fran Halsall is hoping a focus on the little details will bring her some big rewards at next year's Olympic Games in London.
Halsall endured a mixed season in 2011.†
The 21-year-old fought back from an ankle operation last winter to claim 100 metres and 50m freestyle gold, as well as 100m butterfly silver, at the British Championships in March.
Those displays emphatically booked her World Championship berth for Shanghai in the summer however she flattered to deceive in China, qualifying fastest for the 100m freestyle final only to end fourth.
A second fourth-place finish in the 50m also represented a disappointing return for Halsall - who had claimed 100m freestyle silver two years earlier in Rome.
Top of the agenda for Halsall now is March's British Championships which double up as the Olympic trials and while the 21-year-old is confident her plans are coming together she is not leaving any stone unturned in her pursuit of a first Olympic medal.
"Everything seems to be on track at the moment in terms of getting ready for the Games," said Halsall.
"I've been back training since August, and built up since then, getting fully into the swing of things. I just need to keep working hard and stay healthy over Christmas to prepare for the trials in March.
"There's been a big focus on what I need to improve on at the moment and we've been doing a lot of underwater fly kicking which I hope will help me improve on that. It's always hard to work on your weaknesses because you hate them to begin with. But I've put a lot of emphasis on it so I'm hoping that I can get them better.
"I know that this year I'm going to train as hard as I possibly can, and once I've done that I can't do any more. It's always nice to compete at home because the support can really give you a lift."