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European challenge awaits Brits

19th November 2012

The British Gas GBR Swimming Team is putting the finishing touches to their preparations for their first competition of new season.

The 18-strong British contingent has refocused their training after the London 2012 Olympic Games and is ready to kick off the new season at the LEN European Championships (25m) in Chartres, France.

Hannah Miley, who won silver and bronze at last year's competition in Szczecin,will be heading up the team which also includes London 2012 Olympians Aimee Willmott and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor.

Joining them will be Jack Burnell, Lauren Quigley and Karley Mann who took home medals from the US Open meet in August on their senior team debuts.

Miley said: "This competition is good because in the middle of a long season it will give me a good indication of where I am with my training and to be able to turn race mode on. The year after a Games is always an intriguing one with athletes changing programmes or training patterns so to see where I am compared to my main competitors is really important.

"It's going to be great to be back in a team environment. This competition is about switching back into race mode and having a decent sized team around you is important. And going up to race with the team behind you is great and I can't wait to have that support again.”

For Burnell competing at his first senior international competition is an experience he will take advantage of.

“I am very excited to be competing at my first major international competition,” Burnell said. “I lowered my personal best in the 1500m Freestyle three times this year and I want to continue my good work in this competition.

“There are a lot of experienced members of the team and I want to learn as much as I can from them about how to cope with the competition environment. I’ve been in heavy training for the past two months so I am looking forward to seeing where I am with it and how I can move it forward after the meet.”

Michael Rock and Robbie Renwick have been forced to withdraw from the competition.

The competition will be held at The Odyssey Complex in Chartres, France from the 22nd – 25th November and will see the introduction of mixed relay teams for the first time in international swimming.

British Gas GBR Swimming team for LEN European Short Course Championships 2012

  • Craig Benson – Warrender
  • Jack Burnell – British Gas ITC Loughborough
  • Lewis Coleman – City of Sheffield
  • Thomas Haffield – City of Cardiff
  • Anthony James – Plymouth Leander
  • Calum Jarvis – British Gas ITC Bat
  • Marco Loughran - Guildford
  • Craig McNally – Warrender
  • Joseph Patching – Plymouth Leande
  • Karley Mann – Hillingdon
  • Hannah Miley – Garioch
  • Siobhan-Marie O’Connor – British Gas ITC Bath
  • Lauren Quigley – City of Manchester
  • Molly Renshaw – Derventio Excel
  • Sophie Smith – British Gas ITC Loughborough
  • Lucy Spencer – City of Sheffield
  • Aimee Willmott – Middlesbrough
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