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Elite Juniors target European Champs

18th May 2012

Britain’s elite junior swimmers will be heading to Antwerp in July to test their talents at the European Junior Championships.

The British Gas GBR Swimming team will be racing between the 4th and 8th of July and the thirty strong contingent features some of the country’s best juniors who have their sights set on the Rio 2016 Olympics.

We have a strong tradition at the event and we’ll be prepared as best we can.

Former World Short Course Champion Kris Gilchrist will take up the mantle as Athlete Mentor after his retirement from competitive swimming and follows on from David Davies who successfully carried out the role last year.

The European Junior Championships is the priority event on the British Swimming development calendar and Mark Perry, British Swimming Development Coach said: “It is highly regarded within the international swimming community and we are judged by performances at this event.

“The team is brimming with quality and potential. It includes Olympic qualifier Craig Benson, Molly Renshaw and Jessica Fullalove who medalled last year, together with some new faces.

“We have a strong tradition at the event and we’ll be prepared as best we can. We can’t control how other nations will perform so we will focus on our own form.

“Having an athlete mentor on the staff team worked really well last year so I’m looking forward to Kris joining us in Antwerp.”

Gilchrist said: “When Mark [Perry] asked if I could go, I jumped at the opportunity, I know David Davies thoroughly enjoyed it last year.

“Having only just retired and at the start of my coaching career I definitely think I will get a lot out of the experience. I’ve only been out of the water for a few weeks, so I hope I can share some of my recent experiences with the next generation of British swimmers.”

The British Gas GBR Swimming Team is:

  • Craig Benson - Warrender
  • Alex Dunk - Prescot
  • Nicholas Grainger - City of Sheffield
  • James Guy - Millfield
  • Sam Horrocks - City of Manchester Aquatics
  • Leo Jaggs - Camden Swiss
  • Matthew Johnson - City of Sheffield
  • Joel Knight - Millfield
  • Liam Knight - City of Peterborough
  • Max Litchfield - Doncaster Dartes
  • Stephen Milne - Perth City
  • Thomas Moss - Stockport Metro
  • Ross Murdoch - West Dunbarton
  • Joseph Patching - Plymouth Leander
  • Adam Peaty - City of Derby
  • Benjamin Proud - Plymouth Leander
  • Nathan Theodoris - British Gas ITC Swansea
  • Emily Bashforth - AIB Tigers
  • Harriett Cooper - City of Leicester
  • Emma Day - Guildford City
  • Jessica Fullalove - City of Manchester Aquatics
  • Isabella Hindley - Chelsea and Westminster
  • Emily Knowles-Jones - Stockport Metro
  • Amelia Maughan - British Gas ITC Bath
  • Charlotte McKenzie - FIRST
  • Kristina Neves - Guernsey
  • Molly Renshaw - Derventio
  • Sophie Taylor - City of Leeds
  • Chloe Tutton - City of Cardiff
  • Grace Vertigans - Plymouth Leander
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