“Within the next two seasons he’ll be up there going for open finals and he’ll already be accustomed to that environment.
“I’ve talked to a lot of other coaches about the transition from junior to senior and it’s tough, but Rory’s definitely capable of making that jump when the time comes.”
“He’s a role model within club,” she continues. “He’s always one of the first to start his pre-pool and puts the effort in when required, but also knows when to relax with the team and have a good time, and it’s great to have that balance.”
Swimming alongside Britain’s Olympic heroes is clearly leaving its mark on Rory, who started adopting some of their pre-race habits at Tollcross, striding out from behind the screens on finals night with his headphones clamped over his swimming cap, in the zone, and blocking out the world around him.
So, what was he listening to, we wondered?
“It depends how I’m feeling,” he answers. “I used to be into hard house music, but I sometimes feel that if I get too pumped up then I’ll just want to go out and try and race everyone, so I’ve gone a bit more mellow now with some Drake.
“In the build-up to the race I was rolling out on the floor with a bit of Kasabian, and then when I was doing pre-pool, I switched to some of AJ Tracey’s grime album which got me in the mood for racing, but not too pumpd.
“Looking back on the Championship I’m just happy to have experienced it all and the older I get the more I’m taking in from what the best in Britain do.”
“I don’t get too startled by these guys because we’re all there to do the same thing and swim our fastest. I’m going to be at their stage one day, and they’ve been where I am now.”