Swimmer Bethany Carson is hoping to be back to her best
Bethany Carson can still feel the effects of a broken leg suffered over Christmas 2013 but the Lisburn woman is fighting fit for this week's Irish swimming championships.
The Commonwealth Games swimmer finished the 2014 short course season in fine form, scooping a handful of golds at the Irish championships, and now she hopes the long course season will hit a peak at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin.
The DUC student competes in tomorrow's opening day of the championships in the 200m freestyle and later in the week she has the 100m freestyle, 100m butterfly and 200m individual medley.
Carson said: "It's been a tough few weeks because I've had assignments to hand in for my Sports Science course at university, so it's been tricky balancing everything but I'm tapered and ready to go.
"I was really happy with the way I finished the short course season after all the trouble I had after damaging my tendon and fracturing my leg. I feel I am getting back to my best and this week I want to be hitting those PBs again.
"The target is to qualify for the World University Games this summer and if I can do that I will be happy. At this stage of my recovery the times for the World championships are probably out of reach but I feel like I am getting back to my best.
"I still feel the left leg getting stiff from time to time and I have to warm it up longer than any other part of my body but it's not an issue at all."
Meanwhile, some Ulster swimmers have been shocked at the hike in prices of accommodation with one club seeing a hotel room jump from £78 to £180.