Halsall to lead British challenge at European Short Course Champs
21 October 2013
World Championship medallist Fran Halsall has been named as part of the British Gas GBR Swimming Team selected for the 2013 LEN European Short Course Championships in December.
"Racing regularly is something we will continue next year during the long course season," - British Swimming head coach Bill FurnissThe Championships, taking place in Herning, Denmark from 12-15 December, will continue a busy short course season (25m) for the sprinter as she prepares for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next summer.
Halsall (British Gas ITC, Loughborough) will be joined by the likes of Michael Jamieson (British Gas ITC, Bath), Jazz Carlin (British Gas ITC, Swansea), Andrew Willis (British Gas ITC, Bath), Hannah Miley (Garioch, Scotland) and Craig McNally (Warrender, Scotland) as part of a 12-strong team.
“This is a team which is focused on athletes that we feel can deliver medals either today or in the near future,” said British Swimming head coach Bill Furniss.
“It continues the strategy we have adopted of smaller, more focused teams and this will continue to be a key philosophy going forward.
“Certain swimmers on the team will go to Denmark off the back of competing at the FINA World Cups and they will conclude the short course season in Glasgow at the Duel in the Pool. This is part of a strategy of racing more often as we want to see our leading swimmers to be competing more regularly.
To watch video interviews from last year's European Short Course Champs in Chartres, click here.“Racing regularly is something we will continue next year during the long course season. We will be racing at events between January and March, focusing on our trials in April and then competition will pick up again as we use the month of June to really define our race preparation.”
Furniss is looking to analyse each individual performance at the European Championships in great detail to better understand where performance improvements can be made.
“Because we’re competing at a short course event we will closely monitor the skills of the athletes,” said Furniss.
“We will look at each individual’s starts, turns and overall tactics to see where we can support and provide future development.”
British Gas GBR Swimming Team for 2013 LEN European Short Course Championships
- Michael Jamieson (British Gas ITC, Bath)
- Craig McNally (Warrender)
- Adam Peaty (City of Derby)
- Chris Walker-Hebborn (British Gas ITC Bath)
- Andrew Willis (British Gas ITC Bath)
- Sophie Allen (British Gas ITC Bath)
- Jazmin Carlin (British Gas ITC Swansea)
- Francesca Halsall (British Gas ITC Loughborough)
- Jemma Lowe (British Gas ITC Swansea)
- Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (British Gas ITC Bath)
- Hannah Miley (Garioch)
- Aimee Willmott (Middlesbrough)