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British Swimming announces performance squads

12 November 2013

British Swimming has announced the Podium and Podium Potential squads of athletes who will receive direct support from UK Sport through the World Class Performance Programme for 2014.

Sixty-two athletes across Podium (22) and Podium Potential (40) will receive targeted financial assistance through receipt of an Athlete Personal Award (APA) in addition to training camp and competition opportunities, science and medicine services, as well as the support of the British Swimming World Class Programme staff.

"It will provide valuable support to athletes for their continued preparation and development for success in 2016 and beyond," - Chris SpicePodium level support identifies athletes who have the potential to medal in 2016 while Podium Potential support marks a longer term investment by supporting athletes who are considered to have a greater chance of medalling in 2020.

British Swimming National Performance Director Chris Spice said: “This programme of APA funding is designed to invest in future performance. It will provide valuable support to athletes for their continued preparation and development for success in 2016 and beyond.

“We took a very detailed look at athletes who we think can achieve their goals in Rio or Tokyo and competition for places has been extremely tough.

“I’d like to thank UK Sport and the National Lottery for this investment which ensures our athletes are among the best supported in the world. In view of our ongoing review with UK Sport we have decided to announce only 40 places in our Podium Potential squad for this coming season down from the 65 listed in our published policy. ”

British Swimming Head of Performance Pathway Tim Jones said: “As part of the nomination process for Podium Potential we cast our net far and wide. We undertook a detailed 360 degree analysis on around 100 young athletes before settling on a high quality, focussed group of 40 based on their predicted progressions and potential for future success.

“This cohort have clearly indicated they have an athlete profile and potential which, if fulfilled will give them an outstanding chance of achieving success in the future. Our programme will add value and assist in their development within the sport as they work towards their primary focus of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.”

Swimming is currently involved in an investment review process with UK Sport. Consequently, future investment figures will be confirmed by no later than February 2014 at which point swimming will be able to confirm final athlete nominations for 2014.

Athletes selected for the Podium Programme

Athletes selected for the Podium Potential Programme

  • Tom Allen (Swim Swansea) (Wales)
  • Charlie Attwood (Taunton Deane) (England)
  • Adam Barrett (British Gas Nat Sprint Prog, Loughborough) (England)
  • Anne Bochmann (British Gas ITC Bath) (England)
  • Megan Briggs (Warrender) (Scotland)
  • Jack Burnell (British Gas ITC Loughborough) (England)
  • Suleman Butt (Aberdeen) (Scotland)
  • Jonathan Carlisle (British Gas ITC Bath) (England)
  • Lewis Coleman (City of Sheffield) (England)
  • Harriet Cooper (City of Derby) (England)
  • Kathleen Dawson (Warrington Warriors) (Scotland)
  • Emma Day (Guildford) (England)
  • Alice Dearing (Royal Wolverhampton School) (England)
  • Eleanor Faulkner (City of Sheffield) (England)
  • Jessica Fullalove (City of Manchester) (England)
  • Nicholas Grainger (City of Sheffield) (England)
  • Isobel Grant (City of Sheffield) (England)
  • Robert Holderness (Millfield) (Wales)
  • Caleb Hughes (Hatfield) (England)
  • Danielle Huskisson (British Gas ITC Stirling) (Scotland)
  • Calum Jarvis (British Gas ITC Bath) (Wales)
  • Matthew Johnson (British Gas ITC Bath) (England)
  • Ellena Jones (Swim Swansea) (Wales)
  • Amber Keegan (Nova Centurion) (England)
  • Rachael Kelly (British Gas Nat Sprint Prog, Loughborough) (England)
  • Max Litchfield (City of Sheffield) (England)
  • Ieuan Lloyd (City of Cardiff) (Wales)
  • Jessica Lloyd (City of Manchester) (England)
  • Danielle Lowe (Bebington) (England)
  • Charlotte McKenzie (F.I.R.S.T) (Scotland)
  • Stephen Milne (Perth City) (Scotland)
  • Molly Renshaw (Derventio Excel) (England)
  • Duncan Scott (F.I.R.S.T) (Scotland)
  • Elena Sheridan (British Gas ITC Loughborough) (England)
  • Sophie Smith (British Gas ITC Loughborough) (England)
  • Chris Steeples (City of Manchester) (England)
  • Sophie Taylor (City of Leeds) (England)
  • Rebecca Turner (City of Sheffield) (England)
  • Martyn Walton (Hatfield) (England)
  • Abbie Wood (Derventio Excel) (England)
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