THOMAS Alys < Back  
Sport Swimming
CGA Wales   
Gender Women
Born 10 Oct 1990 in Swansea, WAL
Height1.77 m
Weight 64 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Swansea, WAL
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Psychology - Swansea University: Wales
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She learned to swim as a baby and at age five joined Kingston Royals SC in London, England.
Club / Team Swansea University: Wales
Name of coach Stuart McNarry [personal]
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto "Be patient, work hard and it will come." (cardiffstudentmedia.co.uk, 24 Feb 2020)
Other information LATE BLOOMER
In 2018 she became FINA's top-ranked swimmer in the women's 200m butterfly, having also won gold in that event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. She says achieving success later than most was the result of hard work and that swimmers should not be discounted due to their age. "This is my first major international medal. I'm finally breaking through now. It says something about being patient when you're young. Some people say that 28 may be old for swimming but in the grand scheme of life, 28 is pretty young and our bodies are in their peaks. I don't think people should see that as an obstacle at all." (bbc.co.uk, 19 Jul 2019; 01 Aug 2018; walesonline.co.uk, 09 Apr 2018)