James Guy Named To Team England For Commonwealth Games; Alice Tai Among Para-Swimmers

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James Guy: Photo Courtesy: FINIS

James Guy and Freya Anderson are among a second wave of swimmers to be named to Team England for the Commonwealth Games in July.

Alice Tai, six-time world champion in 2019, and Reece Dunn, who won three golds in a five-strong haul at the Paralympics in Tokyo, feature in a para-swimming team of 14.

Ten swimmers, including Olympic champions Adam Peaty and Tom Dean, were preselected in January following their achievements in Tokyo last year although the latter announced earlier on Wednesday that he would miss the World Championships in Budapest with a broken foot.

They are now joined by a further 24 athletes with a range of youth and experience including 18-year-olds Freya Colbert and Tamryn van Selm through to Adam Barrett who turns 30 during the Games, eight years after winning three medals, including medley relay gold, at Glasgow 2014.

Jacob Whittle is set for a busy summer with the 17-year-old competing at the World Championships in Budapest before heading to Bucharest for the European juniors and then on to Birmingham.

Lewis Burras, who won the 50/100 free double at the world trials in Sheffield last month, has also been selected.

Jay Lelliott competed at the 2014 Games in Glasgow before winning 400 free bronze at the European Championships weeks later.

He said:

“So I have goals and this is the first stage of my goal, but it’s also a huge relief to get through this period because I know what I’m capable of.

“But obviously the first hurdle is you can turn up [at British Championships] in the best shape of your life and if two or three people beat you you’re out of contention so it’s all about turning up and being in the best shape possible. It’s such a relief but I’m now so excited to get my head down for the Commonwealth Games in the summer.

“I’ve got so many great people back at home, all of my squad at the City of Sheffield Swim Club are so excited.

“My partner Abby was over the moon for me, my family and all my friends knowing about it has been such a heart-warming time.

“So I feel like I’m not just doing it for me, though I swim for me I feel like I’ve also got the whole of my team that helped me get to this point and that’s just such a rewarding feeling to get there not just for me but for them as well.”

Swimmers selected to Team England:

  • Freya Anderson (Bath NC), Wirral
  • Adam Barrett (Wycombe Swimming Club), Reading
  • Lewis Burras (Winchester Swimming Club), Winchester
  • Greg Butler (Loughborough NC), Staffordshire
  • Imogen Clark (Deventio Swimming Club), Derby
  • Freya Colbert (NOVA Centurion), Grantham
  • Lauren Cox (Loughborough Uni), Leamington Spa
  • James Guy (Bath NC), Bath
  • Holly Hibbott (Bath NC), Southport
  • Isabella Hindley (Brompton), London
  • Jamie Ingram (City of Manchester), Manchester
  • Cameron Kurle (Stirling University), Glastonbury
  • James McFadzen (Loughborough University), Loughborough
  • Edward Mildred (Bath NC), Northampton
  • Jay Lelliott (City of Sheffield Swimming Club), Sheffield
  • Joe Litchfield (Loughborough NC), Wakefield
  • Jacob Peters (Bath NC), Bath
  • Laura Stephens (Loughborough NC), Wix
  • Luke Turley (Bath NC), Bedfordshire
  • Tamryn van Selm (Millfield School), Orpington
  • Sarah Vasey (Loughborough NC), Derby
  • Jacob Whittle (Loughborough NC), Alfreton
  • Mason Wilby, Kentucky
  • Brodie Williams (Bath NC), Somerset

Para-swimmers selected to Team England:

  • Alice Tai, New Milton
  • Grace Harvey, Manchester
  • Hannah Russell, Ottershaw
  • James Hollis, Manchester
  • Jessica-Jane Applegate, Great Yarmouth
  • Jordan Catchpole, Beccles
  • Louise Fiddes, Welwyn Garden City
  • Maisie Summers-Newton, Northamptonshire
  • Michael Jones, Manchester
  • Poppy Maskill, Middlewich
  • Rebecca Redfern, Worcester
  • Reece Dunn, Plymouth
  • Thomas Hamer, Rossendale
  • William Perry, Banbury

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