Commonwealth Games and Youth Games selection policies released

The nomination policies for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2017 were released this week.

Both policies have been written with aspiration in mind. It will provide opportunity for both junior and senior swimmers to gain vital experience. The multi-sport environment at both competitions will be a steep learning curve which will benefit all athletes with their sights set on Tokyo 2020 and beyond.

With investment from the ASA and support from Commonwealth Games England and Sport England, our teams can look forward to competing against some of the best swimmers in the world, and gaining valuable podium places.

England Team Leader Grant Robins is looking forward to the challenge ahead: “With the new Tokyo cycle now well and truly underway, these multi-sport opportunities are few and far between. Athletes who have their sights set on Tokyo 2020 will gain invaluable experience at these Games.

“Our policies were written to allow athletes to dream big. If they work hard they have an opportunity to gain nomination and gain podium positions.”

What are the Commonwealth Youth Games?

The Commonwealth Youth Games is a multi-sport competition similar to the Commonwealth Games. It sees the best young talent from across the Commonwealth competing for podium positions over five days.

The Commonwealth Youth Games 2017 in the Bahamas is the sixth edition of the event. Athletes aged 14-18 will compete in nine different sports, with swimming being one of these.

In 2015, the 12-strong Team England squad came away with a total of 25 medals – six gold, nine silver and 10 bronze.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games is one of the most prestigious competitions in the world, first held in 1930.

A total of 70 teams compete in the competition, from 53 different nations. England is the second highest achieving team at the event, having topped the medal table seven times.

The 2018 Games on Australia’s Gold Coast, takes place from the 4-15 April. Team England’s swimming squad will expect to do well at the competition. They placed second in the swimming medal table at Glasgow 2014. The squad took 28 medals, 10 gold, 10 silver and eight bronze.