Exclusive: 30 Questions in 3 Minutes with David Carry

Double Commonwealth gold medallist David Carry is currently on a quest to secure a place on his second Olympic team, seeking qualification at the British Gas ASA National Championships in Sheffield next month. There are currently spots available in both the 200 metres and his favoured 400 metres freestyle. 2012 will also be a big year for David as he gets married in September to open water golden girl Keri-Anne Payne.

David, who has also won medals at European and World championships took time out of his busy schedule for Total Swimming to answer 30 questions in 3 minutes.

Dogs or Cats? Dogs

Movie or a Meal? Meal 

Football or Rugby? Football

Shaven or Unshaven? Shaven

Speedo or Arena? Speedo

Ice Cream or Apple Pie? Apple Pie

Cereal or Toast? Toast

Weights or Swimming? Swimming

Skiing or Beach? Skiing

World Record or Olympic Medal? Olympic Medal

Back or Breast? Back

Redgrave or Beckham? Redgrave

Beyonce or Rihanna? Beyonce

Curry or Chinese? Curry

Action or Rom Com? Action

Chocolate or Crisps? Chocolate

Duran Duran or Oasis? Oasis

City or United? United

iPhone or Blackberry? iPhone

4x4 or Convertible? 4x4

Batman or Superman? Batman


What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are the keys to your success?

'Love what I do and surround myself with positive people!' 


What does 2012 mean to you?

'2012 is an incredibly exciting year with two huge events... Olympics and my wedding!!'


How do you set your goals?

'I always try to make my goals as specific and time limited as possible, but more than anything something that excites me and drives me every day.' 


What is your diet like?

'I'm lucky to live with a fantastic chef (Keri-Anne). She's incredibly good at cooking, never afraid to try new things but it usually has a healthy twist to it! ' 


What made you the best medley swimmer in the country?

'When I was the best 400IM swimmer in the country - I no longer do that event, I found that practising the areas that I wasn't good at made a huge difference. I like the saying "amateurs practice until they get it right; pros practice until they don't get it wrong"'


Have you experienced a breakthrough, and if so, what led to it?

'I've experienced a few throughout my career, but it was only ever after a disappointment and a huge amount of hard work. I see setbacks as motivation to get it right the next time!'


What was the best advice you were ever given?

'Enjoy it! So important.'


Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by?

'There are no short cuts. Hard work, determination and support is the only route.'


Where do you draw your inspiration from?

'I'm inspired by the realisation that I'm very fortunate to be able to do something that I love doing, and performing it at a high level.'


The British Gas ASA National Championships takes place at Ponds Gorge in Sheffield from 20th - 23rd June.