Chris Walker-Hebborn hopes the Commonwealth Games will be his ‘coming of age’ as he aims to finally fulfil his medal winning ambitions.
The Bury St Edmunds-born ace is preparing for his assault on the competition, which for him starts on Thursday, as he takes his place among the 39-strong England swimming squad in Glasgow.
And having not quite fulfilled his burgeoning potential since bursting on to the scene as youngster, including a forgettable London 2012 Olympics, the 24-year-old is desperate to finally live up to expectations and get his hands on at least one medal from his 50m, 100m backstroke and 4x100m medley relay events.
“I want three medals, I won’t say which colour, but I think a medal in each of the events is definitely achievable,” he said. “Now is definitely the time to prove myself.
“It is time to put myself back on the map and really put my money where my mouth is.
“That fire and determination is definitely back.
“Since coming on to the scene and having my big break at a young age I haven’t gone anywhere.
“In all honesty, the Olympics were rubbish, but I’ve had a good break and have made leaps forward.
“My focus is back and I’m enjoying the sport again.
“It was important to regain that love with swimming, but I don’t want to be below average and I’m not content with just making the team, I want to contend for medals.”
That aim could well be turned into reality with Walker-Hebborn going into the Games as one of the fastest-ranked competitors on the back of a streak of form.
The most prominent came in April at the British Gas Swimming Championships, where he enjoyed successive victories over two-time world champion Liam Tancock, pipping him to the 50m and 100m backstroke titles.
“I’m in the best shape I have been in for a long while and so I’m feeling good,” he added.