Adlington and Tancock primed as full England Commonwealth Team is confirmed

Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington and world champions Liam Tancock, Gemma Spofforth and Keri-Anne Payne are the marquee names in the finalised 45-strong English swimming squad for the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games.

The team will face off against the likes of world number two nation and traditional rivals Australia, strong teams from Canada and South Africa as well as the home nations of Scotland and Wales.

England returned from the last Commonwealth Games in Melbourne with 22 medals and Team Leader of the English Swimming Team John Atkinson believes this year’s squad can repeat their success.

“I’m delighted Commonwealth Games England has selected such an impressive contingent of athletes to represent England with 45 swimmers being one of the largest swimming teams in the modern era of the Games,” said Atkinson.

“It’s a full strength England team with tremendous potential. To have so many Olympic and World Championship medallists competing for England will serve the team well as they enter their final preparations for Delhi in October.”

Accompanying England’s more established athletes is a crop of young talent that emerged at the final qualification event in Sunderland last week – the British Gas ASA National Championships.

For the likes of Ryan Bennett, Anne Bochmann and Emma Saunders, the event will provide the athletes with their first taste of major international competition and Atkinson admits it’s the perfect stage for someone to make a name for themselves.

“Standing alongside our international medallists in Delhi will be a number of swimmers making their debuts,” said Atkinson.

“We have seen a number of breakthrough performances this season to make the England team and that’s exciting for the sport. The Commonwealth Games has been the focus of our swimmers’ entire year and I’m excited at our prospects.”

Craig Hunter, England Chef de Mission for Delhi added: “It is with pride that we welcome such a strong swimming contingent into the England team for the Games in October. We wish them every success with their final preparations for Delhi and at the Games themselves.”

England Swimming Team, Delhi 2010

New Selections as at 24.08.10

Anne Bochmann - DOB 22.08.93, born Norwich, lives Norwich, club City of Leeds
Jessica Dickons - 17.08.90, Stockton-on-Tees, Bath, Stockton/ Bath ITC
Kate Haywood - 11.04.87, Grimsby, Loughborough, Loughborough Uni/ Loughborough ITC
Kate Hutchinson - 21.09.90, Dewsbury in West Yorkshire, Dewsbury, Loughborough Uni
Stephanie Proud - 29.08.88, Durham, Gainesville in Florida, Gator Swim Club/ Chester-Le-Street
Emma Saunders - 30.07.94, Billinge in Lancashire, Bolton, Manchester Aquatics
Steven Beckerleg - DOB 17.11.89, born Plymouth, lives Plymouth, club Plymouth Leander
Ryan Bennett - 18.09.90, Cambridge, Stirling, Preston/ Stirling ITC
Richard Charlesworth - 26.10.88, Hemel Hempstead, Hemel Hempstead, Hatfield
Daniel Coombs - 19.05.88, Preston, Loughborough, Chorley Marlins/ Loughborough ITC
Anthony James - 05.11.89, Plymouth, Plymouth, Plymouth Leander
Daniel Sliwinski - 04.04.90, Preston in Lancashire, Preston, Gallica
Andrew Willis - Frimley in Surrey, Yateley in Hampshire,  Bracknell andWokingham
Stephanie Millward - DOB 20.09.81, born Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, lives Swansea in Wales, Swansea Performance/ Swansea HPC
Simon Miller - 10.06.86, Shoreham-By-Sea in West Sussex, Manchester, City of Manchester
Robert Welbourn - 11.06.87, Chesterfield, Swansea, Swansea Performance/ Swansea HPC


Original selections as at 20.04.10

Rebecca Adlington - DOB 17.02.89, born Mansfield, lives Nottingham, club Nova Centurion
Achieng Ajula-Bushell - 22.03.94, Warrington, Ealing, Ealing
Robert Bale - 19.07.90, Manchester, Loughborough, Loughborough Uni/ Loughborough ITC
Adam Brown - 16.01.89, Cambridge, Sandy in Bedfordshire, Hatfield
Simon Burnett - 14.04.83, Oxford, Tucson in Arizona USA, Windsor/ Tucson
Ross Davenport - 23.05.84, Derby, Loughborough, Loughborough Uni/ Loughborough ITC
Daniel Fogg - 24.08.87, Edmonton in Middlesex, Loughborough, Loughborough Uni/ Loughborough ITC
Ellen Gandy - 15.08.91, Farnborough in Kent, Melbourne in Australia, Beckenham/ CA Tritons
James Goddard - 30.03.83, Victoria in the Seychelles, Stockport in Cheshire, Stockport Metro/ Stockport ITC
Francesca Halsall - 12.04.90, Southport in Lancashire, Southport, Loughborough Uni/ Loughborough ITC
Jo Jackson - 12.09.86, Northallerton in North Yorkshire, Loughborough, Loughborough Uni/ Loughborough ITC
Sasha Matthews - 31.03.91, Nottingham, Nottingham, Nova Centurion.
Thomas Parris - 25.01.91, Eastbourne, Bexhill-on-Sea in East Sussex, Hastings/ Stirling ITC
Roberto Pavoni - 22.03.91, Harold Wood in Essex, Loughborough, Brentwood/ Loughborough ITC
Keri-Anne Payne - 09.12.87, Johannesburg in South Africa, Manchester, Stockport Metro/ Stockport ITC
Michael Rock - 13.03.87, Liverpool, Stockport in Cheshire, Stockport Metro/ Stockport ITC
Joe Roebuck - 05.06.85, Rotherham, Loughborough, Loughborough Uni
Elizabeth Simmonds - 22.01.91, Beverley in East Yorkshire, Loughborough, Loughborough Uni/ Loughborough IT
Amy Smith - 24.07.87, Kidderminster in Worcestershire, Loughborough, Loughborough Uni
Gemma Spofforth - 17.11.87, Shoreham-By-Sea in West Sussex, Florida in USA, Portsmouth Nailsea/ Florida Gators
Jess Sylvester - 09.07.87, Stoke-on-Trent, Derby, Nova Centurion
Stacey Tadd - 21.02.89, Bath, Radstock in Somerset, Bath University
Liam Tancock - 07.05.85, Exeter, Exeter, Loughborough Uni/ Loughborough ITC
Becki Turner - 01.08.92, Rotherham, Rotherham, City of Sheffield
Grant Turner - 11.03.89, Swindon, Loughborough, Loughborough Uni/ Loughborough ITC
Chris Walker-Hebborn - 07.01.90, Enfield, Bath, Team Ipswich/ Bath ITC
Richard Webb - 03.05.87, Bristol, North Yate in Gloucestershire, University of Bath
Aimee Willmott - 26.02.93, Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough
Katherine Wyld - 09.03.86, Wandsworth, Nottingham, Nova Centurion

The 2010 Commonwealth Games take place in Delhi, India, from 3 to 14 October 2010. England finished second to Australia in the medal table at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne with 36 golds, 40 silvers and 34 bronzes.

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