Just how much can Jazmin Sawyers achieve this year?

Jazmin Sawyers long jumping

"I long jump, I sing, I study law...the chaos keeps me sane."

It's fair to say Commonwealth Games-bound long jumper Jazmin Sawyers is not your typical student.

While the rest of her Bristol University peers are enjoying their summer breaks, Sawyers is gearing up for her senior major championship debut in Glasgow, writing new songs for her album, studying homicide cases and daydreaming about a return to her true sporting love - bobsleigh.

The 20-year-old's Twitter description talks of chaos, but she's actually overlooked a key part of her CV. She's a Winter Youth Olympic medallist in the 70mph ultra-addictive world of bobsleigh.

"I think it's a personality thing and I just love to keep busy," she says. "I realise it wouldn't work for everybody but I love the chaos.

"The other day I phoned my mum and she said 'I hear you're in Belgium?', and I suddenly remembered I'd forgotten to tell her I was going there for a competition."

For a girl who likes to keep busy, it's appropriate that everything happens fast in Sawyers' world. Her burgeoning solo music career - she is planning on recording some of her self-penned songs after the Commonwealth Games to use on an EP - began just two and a half months after she bought her first guitar, on a whim, from a charity shop last year.

"I saw it and thought, that would be fun and I just taught myself and started writing songs," she said. "My friend organises open mic nights in London and he said why don't you come down. I went and played and it went down well.

"One of my favourite artists, Jacob Banks, was in the audience and he came and told me how well I did so that gave me lots of confidence. Music is so different from athletics because in long jump people can judge how well I have performed from how far I jump.

"In music it is much more subjective which makes it more nerve-racking in one way, but I do love my music, it is a way to relax."

Jazmin Sawyers and Mica McNeil in front of a Union flag
Jazmin Sawyers (right) and Mica McNeil after winning a silver medal at the Winter Youth Olympics

Relax is not usually part of Sawyers' vocabulary. A typical day involves a morning spent training in Bath alongside the likes of Glasgow 2014 poster girl Eilidh Child, an afternoon working in a clothes shop or attending lectures, followed by a gig in the evening.

All this scurrying around - she lives and studies in Bristol but trains at the University of Bath - is done on a Vespa motorbike. But Sawyers craves more speed. She'll compete in the sand pit in Glasgow this week, but memories of her Winter Youth Olympic silver medal in the two-man bobsleigh from 2012 are proving difficult to forget.

"I love the bobsleigh and miss it so, so much," said Sawyers - who was spotted in her school by visiting British Bobsleigh talent scouts in 2010. "There is nothing like sliding down the ice at 70 miles per hour, it's definitely a bigger buzz than long jump or performing on stage.

"I talk to friends who are still doing bobsleigh and I would love to go back. I have said that the sensible thing is to stay with my athletics and see how far I can get in that and then go back to it. But I am not sure whether I'll be able to wait."

Patience is a virtue clearly required by Sawyers' coach, 1974 Commonwealth long jump champion Alan Lerwill.

"We have tried in the past to sit down and plan my training three months in advance but it just didn't work," she says. "Now we do it week by week and even then I still change it all the time.

"I'll have a gig one night or whatever and Alan is just so great with me. That said, in the past few weeks he has put his foot down a little bit and I've had to really knuckle down and get ready for Glasgow."

Sawyers has yet to study which of her rivals are heading to Scotland, but despite England's jumps coach John Crotty tipping her for a top-six finish, the England debutant is keeping coy about her chances.

Six months after her Winter Youth Olympic heroics, Sawyers won World Junior Championship long jump bronze as Katarina Johnson-Thompson took gold. Sawyers herself used to be a multi-eventer like Glasgow heptathlon favourite Johnson-Thompson, spending eight months training alongside Jessica Ennis-Hill in Sheffield, before - uncharacteristically - deciding to specialise on long jump.

Sawyers, who won Commonwealth Youth Games long jump gold in 2011, says: "I saw the comments about me making the top six and it was nice to read but I am just concentrating on making the final first and foremost and then I'll see what happens."

Jazmin Sawyers as she lands in the long jump pit
Jazmin in action at the 2014 British Championships

That concentration doesn't only extend to events on the track. Killing time is an athlete bugbear during a major championship, especially in the long build up to competition. Not a problem Sawyers will have to contend with in Glasgow.

"I missed a criminal law exam so that I could qualify for the Commonwealths so I've got to do it after the Games," she said. "I'm not sure what box sets my roommates will be watching in their spare time but they'll not be reading about murder cases and homicide, that's for sure."

If you've been inspired to try long jump, take a look at our athletics guide to find out about clubs and schemes in your area.

If Jazmin has inspired you to get into bobsleigh, there is also a dedicated guide for that too.