Jazz Carlin: Welsh swimmer mulling over coaching options

Jazz Carlin
Jazz Carlin became the first Welsh woman to win a Commonwealth Games swimming gold in 40 years

Commonwealth and European champion Jazz Carlin has yet to decide on her future coaching set-up.

Carlin's success in Glasgow and Berlin was achieved despite coach Bud McAllister moving to Australia.

The 24-year-old, who said it has been 'tough' without a coach, had been expected to have settled things last month.

"I haven't 100% decided what I'll be doing in the next couple of months," she said.

"I'll be competing in the World Short Course Championships in December and I'll make a decision in the next few weeks."

The championships will be held in Doha and Carlin is currently training at the Swansea performance centre.

Carlin became the first Welsh woman to win a Commonwealth Games swimming gold in 40 years with victory in the 800m freestyle.

She became double European champion in the 400m and 800m freestyle in August, doing so without a coach after McAllister left for a job in Australia in March.

Swindon-born Carlin had been flying to Australia to train with McAllister in the build-up to the Commonwealth Games.

Despite her gold medals, Carlin is still motivated to achieve further success, including the 2016 Rio Olympics.

"You can always improve on things and I just want to be the best that I can be," Carlin told Radio Wales Sport.

"I like doing all the work in training and I like putting in all the effort.

"I've got a few years left in me and I'm hoping to keep improving.

"I'm a second away from Becky Adlington's British and European record so I think that will be the target in the next few years.

"Rio's in the back of my mind all the time with me missing out on the London Olympics.

"It's definitely a big goal of mine and I'm going to do everything I can to make sure I'm there and performing at my best."

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