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.