Peaty And Anderson To Help Cultivate England Team Identity Ahead Of 2022 Commonwealths

Photo Courtesy: Swim England

Adam Peaty and Freya Anderson are among swimmers selected to the Swim England National Performance Squad in order to cultivate an England Swimming Team identity and galvanise interest ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Peaty, the Olympic 100br champion, and Anderson will be joined by the likes of  para swimmer Maisie Summers-Newton, the European SM6 200IM champion and world-record holder, with England’s elite athletes on the British Swimming World Class Programme being included in the squad for the first time.

According to a press release from Swim England, “they will be among the swimmers selected for a ‘larger-than-normal’ National Performance Squad which aims to bring together everyone who will be considered for selection for Team England at the Commonwealth Games.”

All the athletes on the World Class Programme will still be managed by British Swimming but, in the run-up to the Games, will be involved in England Swimming Team camps.

The swimmers selected for the National Performance Squad will also attend a number of other Swim England-run camps and have individual training plans.

Freya Anderson (photo: Mike Lewis)

Freya Anderson: Photo Courtesy: MIKE LEWIS / ISL

Grant Robins, Swim England Head of Talent – Swimming, who will also be the swimming team leader at Birmingham 2022, said:

“We felt this was the time to start to galvanise interest, support and momentum in the run up to Birmingham 2022 as an England Swimming Team and we’re looking forward to seeing what everyone can achieve.

“A home multi-sports Games doesn’t happen very often and we have a huge opportunity to create a really memorable occasion for all involved.

“This is an exciting prospect for all supporters of Team England in the run-up to the Games.

“To have the time to cultivate that England identity so far in advance of Birmingham is a game changer and will offer us those one per cent gains needed to podium at international meets.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved with the World Class Programme at British Swimming for their support and we look forward to working even more closely with them in the run up to the Commonwealth Games.”


Maisie Summers-Newton: Photo Courtesy: British Swimming

Chris Spice, British Swimming’s National Performance Director, added:

“Working with all our home nations to deliver a great home Commonwealth Games is a priority for us in 2022.

“These Games will help shape our Paris 2024 Olympic Games team and the opportunity to work so closely with England in the lead up to Birmingham will be hugely exciting.”

Chris Furber, British Swimming’s National Para-swimming Performance Director, added:

“The Commonwealth Games are unique as they provide the only opportunity for our elite swimmers and para-swimmers to compete together in integrated teams, which is such an exciting prospect.

“I’m delighted by the approach Swim England are taking with this ‘team identity’ and I know that all the swimmers involved will take a lot from the experience.”


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