Interview with ... the Paralympic Gold medallist swimmer
The latest in our 'Interviews with the Athletes' series, meet Rio super-swimmer and GB Paralympic star.
Name: Susie Rodgers
Sport/Discipline: Paralympics Swimming
Coaches: Tony Beckley and Keith Morgan
Sponsors: GLL Sport Foundation and Samsung
Recent Major Achievements:
1. Paralympic Gold medallist at Rio 2016
2. 5 time European champion Madeira 2016
3. European record holder
Goals for 2016/17 and beyond. Tokyo?: Not sure yet. I need a break first but unlikely I will go to Tokyo.
CPPG: Injuries? Major or minor. Major and minor.
SR: I had a shoulder injury last year and a knee operation in 2012.
CPPG: How has Crystal Palace Physio Group helped you?
SR: They definitely helped with my shoulder and neck injury last year. I saw and still see Louise [Crystal Palace clinic] regularly and she helps me with keeping injury at bay. I credit her with helping me keep injury free this year.
CPPG: Self-talk/ mantra. When it gets really tough what are your strategies to keep going?
SR: No matter how hard things get I've been through a lot before and got through it. I just try to focus on little steps of improvement or little achievements.
CPPG: Have you heard of ‘mindfulness’?
SR: Yes. And it works!
CPPG: Lucky socks. Any OCD's or rituals?
SR: I dip my goggles in the pool before i race. That's about it really!
CPPG: ’Your body is a temple'. Super foods or fast foods?
SR: Super foods!
CPPG: What is your typical competition/ race day nutrition?
SR: Usually pasta or carbs with meat and some salad.
CPPG: Post-competition/ race treat?
SR: Chocolate. But only when I am finished!