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Rockhampton swimmer gets a buzz from royals at Glasgow

IT'S not every day royalty watches you race.

But seeing Harry, William and Kate in the crowd gave Rockhampton's Alanna Bowles the buzz she needed going into the 800m freestyle final at the Commonwealth Games.

Although Bowles missed out on a medal, she finished fourth with a new personal best of 8:24.74.

She also narrowly missed out on qualifying for the 200m butterfly, finishing ninth overall with a time of 2:12.31.

Speaking to The Morning Bulletin from Glasgow, Bowles said she was "feeling over the moon".

"I was so pleased with the heat swim to start with, the final really was the icing on the cake," she said.

"I knew I could swim well and probably do a PB with all the hard work I had done, but I didn't think I would swim this well."

And while Bowles was excited to see the young royals, there was someone even more important in the stands.

"My dad was there," she said.

"(He's) one of the two people who devote their lives to me."

"I know after the heats he shed a tear, so I'm sure he'll be shedding many tears right now."

Although her mum wasn't able to make it to Scotland, Bowles said up until the final she was in constant contact with her.

She said it was likely her mum would also have a few tears after watching the race.

Despite feeling "very nervous" before the 800m freestyle heat, Bowles said once she was on the blocks her inner fighter came out.

Bowles said it was amazing to be on a team with athletes who had been her role models.

"It's definitely been the experience of a lifetime," she said.

And there's no slacking off for Bowles once she arrives back home.

Her performance in Glasgow has scored her a place at the Pan Pacs in August.

Anna Meares with Prince Edward at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014, as posted on Facebook by the cycling star
Anna Meares with Prince Edward at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014, as posted on Facebook by the cycling star

Topics:  alanna bowles, glasgow commonwealth games, royal family




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