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English swimmers named for Commonwealth Games

7 May 2014

Commonwealth champions Francesca Halsall and Liam Tancock will aim to defend their titles after being named on a 39-strong English swimming team for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Halsall, who won five medals for Team England in Delhi four years ago, and Tancock, who won the 50m and 100m Backstroke titles in Delhi, will be joined by 26 athletes making their Commonwealth debuts in Glasgow.

"It's great to be going to another Commonwealth Games as part of Team England," - Francesca HalsallThese include three Para-Swimmers in the form of Paralympic champion Oliver Hynd, IPC World champion Stephanie Slater, and teenager Thomas Hamer.

And Halsall insists she's looking forward to the challenge of a third Commonwealth Games in the Glasgow pool where she won three gold medals at last month's British Gas Swimming Championships.

"It's great to be going to another Commonwealth Games as part of Team England," said Halsall.  "I’m sure Glasgow will put on a fantastic show and these Games will continue to be a good experience for me.

"I've swam quite fast at this event previously and I’ll be looking to improve on that. It's going to be another good marker two years out from the next Olympics.

"It will show where we are, how we're doing and how you deal with a multi-sport games environment."

Hynd is no stranger to international success, having won gold at the 2011 IPC European Championships in Berlin as well as last year's IPC World Championships in Montreal.

"I really hope I can do everyone proud when I get on to the blocks in Glasgow," - Oliver HyndAnd as he looks ahead to competing internationally in Great Britain again, the 19-year old admits he hopes the crowds will show the same level of support athletes achieved in London two years ago.

“I am really excited to be competing at my first Commonwealth Games,” Hynd said. “I’m sure the crowd will be loud and really reminiscent of London which will be great. I really want to complete my medal set with a good performance in Glasgow.

“I think competing for England is a massive honour and I really hope I can do everyone proud when I get on to the blocks in Glasgow. It will be difficult with strong Australian challengers but I will put my all in.”

Team Leader for England’s swimmers in Glasgow will be Dawn Peart who believes the team of 2014 is ideally prepared to meet the challenge.

“I am looking forward to leading the England swimming team in Glasgow and am excited about England’s prospects given the balance of experienced swimmers and newcomers on the team,” said Peart.

“It is a performance focused team that has been selected with realistic opportunities for success while for some of the younger swimmers it will be an opportunity for them to make their first mark at international level.

“Competition in Glasgow promises to very strong with representations from Scotland and Wales together with major challengers from Australia, Canada and South Africa. This should give rise to some exciting races and we will work hard as a team to make England proud.”

Team England for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Swimming at the Commonwealth Games takes place at Tollcross International Aquatic Centre from 24th to 29th July 2014.

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