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Sliwinski withdraws from Olympic team

15th June 2012

Stockport ITC swimmer Dan Sliwinksi has withdrawn from the Team GB swimming squad due to injury, which has ruled him out of competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Sliwinski had been selected to compete in the men’s 100m Breaststroke after winning the event at the British Gas Swimming Championships in March.

A new athlete will be selected to Team GB for the 100m Breaststroke event following the second round of trials which take place in Sheffield between the 20th and 23rd June at the ASA National Championships.

The 22-year-old Stockport ITC swimmer suffered a shoulder tendon injury and will undergo surgery next week before beginning a three-month rehabilitation programme managed by British Swimming.

Speaking about his withdrawal from Team GB, he said: “It is an athlete’s worst nightmare. I have had a couple of injuries and I need to go back and rebuild the foundations.

"I am still young enough to think about Rio 2016, but I need to address this injury before it gets worse.

“I still want to swim for as long as I am physically able to and this operation will help with that. The important thing I need to focus on now is my recovery.”

British Swimming National Performance Director, Michael Scott said: “Such a decision must have been extremely difficult and disappointing for Dan given his training commitment and performances at the March selection event.

“Our medical team and support staff will work with  Dan through this challenging period  so that he is in a position to return to the pool and challenge for a position on the senior team in 2013 and beyond.”

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