Englands Swimmers Ready for Commonwealth Games
The Team England Swimming Team is making final preparations before the start of the Commonwealth Games aquatics programme on Thursday (24 July).
The 39 athletes arrived in Glasgow on Sunday and Head Coach Jon Rudd is positive about the team’s preparations.
Rudd said: “We had an excellent seven day camp at the London Aquatics Centre last week and there was a fantastic vibe around the team as the athletes trained together at the iconic pool.
“We arrived in Glasgow on Sunday and the atmosphere in the camp is very positive. We’re feeling confident about the team’s preparations and everyone is now looking forward to Thursday and the start of the competition.”
Aimee Willmott will be one of the first athletes to take to the water on Thursday.
The Middlesbrough swimmer is competing in the 400m Individual Medley and will be up against defending Commonwealth champion Hannah Miley.
The English record holder said: “I am really excited to be here in Glasgow. I love being in the village with the rest of the team but I’m now ready to get in the pool and race.
“I’m looking forward to racing Hannah in the 400IM. I think the rivalry between the British athletes during a Commonwealth year is good. There’s a lot of competitive spirit between us all which spurs on the competition.
“It would be a fantastic start for the whole team if I can bring home a medal on the first day.”
Paralympic and IPC World champion Ollie Hynd is hoping to complete his hat-trick of gold medals by winning the SM8 200m Individual Medley.
The 19-year old is excited to be competing in his first Commonwealth Games. He said: “The excitement is starting to build now - the pool looks great and I’m really looking forward to the race.
“This will be different to other competitions as I’m only swimming in one event rather than a full programme, but I’m going to take that as a positive and put all my energy into it.
“It would be amazing to add a Commonwealth gold medal to my Paralympic and IPC World gold’s. I’m hoping to get a PB and complete the 200IM gold medal set.”
The aquatics competition takes place at Tollcross International Swimming Centre from 24 – 29 July.
Team England Swimming Team:
• Aimee Willmott (Middlesbrough)
• Amelia Maughan (Keynsham SC)
• Amy Smith (Loughborough University)
• Danielle Lowe (City of Derby)
• Eleanor Faulkner (City of Sheffield)
• Elena Sheridan (Loughborough University)
• Elizabeth Simmonds (University of Bath)
• Francesca Halsall (Loughborough University)
• Jessica Fullalove (City of Manchester)
• Jessica Lloyd (City of Manchester)
• Lauren Quigley (Stockport Metro)
• Molly Renshaw (Loughborough University)
• Rachael Kelly (Loughborough University)
• Rebecca Turner (City of Sheffield)
• Siobhan-Marie O'Connor (University of Bath)
• Sophie Allen (University of Bath)
• Sophie Taylor (City of Leeds)
• Stephanie Slater (Preston)
• Tilly Gray (University of Bath)
• Adam Barrett (Loughborough University)
• Adam Brown (Hatfield)
• Adam Peaty (City of Derby)
• Andrew Willis (Bracknell & Wokingham)
• Benjamin Proud (Plymouth Leander)
• Chris Walker-Hebborn (Ellesmere College Titans)
• Daniel Fogg (Loughborough University)
• James Disney-May (Millfield School)
• James Guy (Millfield School)
• James Wilby (Loughborough University)
• Jay Lelliott (University of Bath)
• Joseph Roebuck (University of Bath)
• Joshua Walsh (University of Stirling)
• Lewis Coleman (City of Sheffield)
• Liam Tancock (Loughborough University)
• Oliver Hynd (Nova Centurion)
• Max Litchfield (City of Sheffield)
• Nicholas Grainger (City of Sheffield)
• Roberto Pavoni (Loughborough University)
• Thomas Hamer (Burnley Bobcats)