Jamieson Leads GBR Team at European Championships

10th December 2013

OIympic medallist Michael Jamieson and World Championship medallist Fran Halsall will lead the British Gas GBR Swimming Team as they continue a busy short course season at the LEN European Championships (25m) in Denmark.

The event is the second in a series of events targeted by British athletes as they look to add race preparation to the heavy block of training they’re currently undergoing in preparation for next year’s Commonwealth Games.

For Jamieson this week’s competition offers the opportunity to finish 2013 on a high after an injured bicep earlier this year hampered the Breaststroke swimmer’s preparation and performance at the World Championships.

“I’m looking forward to racing in Denmark,” said Jamieson. “I want to be challenging for major medals at every international and this one is no different.

“I’ve had a busy short course season and it will be interesting to see the effect a busier racing schedule has on my performance.

“I expect Olympic Champion Daniel Gyurta (Hungary) to be at the front again as he’s been so dominant in the 200m event over the past few years. It will definitely take a British Record and a big best time for me to challenge for that top spot but that’s what all of the hard work in training is aimed at.”

The team of 12 will race over four days at the Jyske Bank Boxen arena in the Danish city of Herning and British Head Coach Bill Furniss will be looking to the team to continue their good short course season.

“Quite a few of the athletes will compete in Denmark off the back of a busy FINA World Cup series,” said Furniss.
“They’ve been some good performances so far this season and I’ll be looking for this to continue through the Europeans before ending at the Duel in the Pool in Glasgow later this month.

“These short course events give our athletes great opportunities to work on their race preparation and technique while they continue to train in preparation for the busy year ahead where focus will fall on the Commonwealth Games.

“I’ll be looking to see how athletes approach each event and how they make necessary adjustments to their performances in line with their progression from heats to finals.”

The event will also provide valuable experience to two British coaches currently continuing their own development within the elite performance system.

“The European Championships offers a good opportunity for us to introduce two young coaches to the international environment,” explained Furniss. “Mel Marshall and Lisa Bates will work closely with the experienced David McNulty.

“David and I will provide guidance and support to the coaches to assist with their development for the future as we continue to grow our pool of coaching talent with Britain.”