Team GB Olympian Alice Dearing on esports, Olympics, and her mum being a big geek – NME

Team GB Olympian Alice Dearing on esports, Olympics, and her mum being a big geek – NME

If you were an Olympic athlete, how would you spend your spare time? When you finish your training sessions and get back home, how would you pass the hours of recovery and time needed to perform at the highest level?

Well, Alice Dearing does quite a lot, to be fair. She’s working on her Master’s degree in Social Media and Political Communications, co-founding the Black Swimming Association to work on increasing diversity in aquatics, or even appearing in Jorja Smith music videos.

For her actual downtime though, Alice is obsessed with video games and esports. In fact, when the Olympics came around, she gained a lot of attention for geeking out over being in Tokyo and swimming past Rainbow Bridge as part of the 10km marathon swim event she competed in. The iconic Tokyo location features heavily in Persona 5, and the photo op with the Phantom Thieves’ hideaway didn’t pass her by (Alice claims that Makoto is the best romance option).

Alice’s mum has clearly had a massive impact on her daughter’s life. Tireless support and an unfathomable willingness to get up at ridiculous hours to drive to training sessions has led and inspired Alice to the athletic success she’s already had. The 2022 Commonwealth Games, hosted in her hometown of Birmingham, will be the first time she gets to see her daughter compete in an international tournament, so it’ll mean a whole lot.

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