Amelie Blocksidge Named To 34-Strong British Team For European Juniors Following Success In Senior Waters

Amelie Blocksidge
Amelie Blocksidge: Photo Courtesy: British Swimming

Amelie Blocksidge Named To 34-Strong British Team For European Juniors Following Success In Senior Waters

Amelie Blocksidge has been selected to the British team for the European Junior Championships in Belgrade, weeks after marking her 14th birthday by going eighth all-time in the domestic 1500 rankings.

The teenager will be joined on the 34-strong team by Leah Schlosshan, the sole British champion at the 2022 edition in Otopeni, Romania, last year after winning the 200IM.

Schlosshan will compete in the Serbian capital from 4-9 July before heading to Dublin for the LEN European U23 Championships.

Britain won 11 medals in Otopeni and, as well as Schlosshan, fellow medallists Matthew Ward, Evie Dilley, Ashleigh Baillie, Erin Little and Reuben Rowbotham-Keating will travel to Belgrade.

Blocksidge won the 1500 at the British Championships earlier this month in 16:19.67, earning a standing ovation from the spectators at Ponds Forge.

It was a 12-second PB for Blocksidge – coached by John Stout at City of Salford – and the 16th-fastest time by a British woman and followed silver in the 800 in 8:38 and fifth in the 400.

The coaching staff will be headed by Lisa Bates, who guided Aimee Willmott to European and Commonwealth podiums.

British Swimming Head of Performance Development Alan Lynn said:

“The British Swimming Championships allowed our junior swimmers to showcase the best of their abilities ahead of what will be another productive year for those looking to make their way into the senior teams” he said.

“We have selected a strong team with experience from across the junior competitions, who will all be aiming to move their performances on in what will be an unfamiliar arena in Belgrade.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do just one year out from Paris and five years out from LA 2028.”

British Swimming team selected for the 2023 European Junior Swimming Championships, Belgrade (4th-9th July)

Ashleigh Baillie, City of Sheffield

Oscar Bilbao, Repton

Vadim Bosc, Mount Kelly

Hannah Bowley, Repton

Amelie Blocksidge, City of Salford

Skye Carter, Basildon Phoenix

Iona Colbert, Nova Centurion

Mabli Collyer, Swansea Aquatics

Phoebe Cooper, City of Sheffield

Laurie Devine, Repton

Evie Dilley, Millfield

Rue Fowler, Team Bath

Lucy Fox, Wycombe District

Reece Grady, Stockport Metro

Adam Graham, Millfield

Blythe Kinsman, Mount Kelly

Stefan Krawiec, East Lothian

Jessica Lawton, City of Bristol

Erin Little, Mount Kelly

Edward Marcal Whittles, Chelsea & Westminster

Holly McGill, Heart of Midlothian

Tyler Melbourne-Smith, City of Liverpool

Callum Melville, Nova Centurion

Jacob Mills, City of Leicester

Eva Okaro, Sevenoaks

Sienna Robinson, City of Sheffield

Reuben Rowbotham-Keating, City of Manchester Aquatics

Leah Schlosshan, City of Leeds

Joseph Stout, City of Salford

Olivier Vedrenne, City of Norwich

Matthew Ward, Mount Kelly

Sophie Weston, Warrington Warriors

Solomon Williams, Millfield

Harry Wynne-Jones, City of Milton Keynes

Coaches selected to the 2023 British Swimming team for the European Junior Swimming Championships

Lisa Bates (Head Coach), Chelsea & Westminster

Lisa Atkinson, City of Bristol

Richard Denigan, City of Leeds

Dale Frantzeskou, City of Cardiff

Greg King-Limb, Mount Kelly

Ash Morris, Repton

Mark Rose, City of Manchester Aquatics



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