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“Maybe I’m just not good enough?”: British swimmers’ experiences of attempting to qualify for the Olympic Games

Libby Mitchell, Camilla Knight Orcid Logo, Robert Morris, Stephen D. Mellalieu

Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, Volume: 31, Issue: 7, Pages: 1558 - 1573

Swansea University Authors: Libby Mitchell, Camilla Knight Orcid Logo

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The purpose of this study was to explore the transitional experiences of British swimmers as they attempted to qualify for the Olympic Games and gain a place in the British Swimming World Class Performance Programme. An interpretive phenomenological analysis (IPA) approach was adopted (Smith JA. Psy...

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