Nick Grainger joins Gold Coast 2018 swimming squad

Swimming News

Nick Grainger will be heading to the Gold Coast next month as part of Team England’s 2018 Commonwealth Games swimming squad.

The City of Sheffield swimmer made his Commonwealth debut in 2014, reaching the final of the 200m Freestyle as well as helping the 4x200m Freestyle Relay team to a fourth place finish.

He has gone on to be part of the gold medal-winning 4x200m Free Relay team at both the 2015 and 2017 World Championships.

Nick joins the team following the announcement yesterday that Sheffield club mate Max Litchfield has withdrawn from competing.

Flying out to Gold Coast

“I am really pleased to be included in the team,” said the 23-year old.

“I’m obviously devastated for my teammate Max. But I’m in good shape and am looking forward to racing on the Gold Coast.

“This will be my second Commonwealth Games. I was due to be competing next month anyway, so I’ve been training and am ready to do my best for my country.”

Swimming Team Leader Grant Robins added: “We are pleased Nick is able to join us on the Gold Coast.

“Having competed at Glasgow 2014 and the World Championships last year, Nick has experience of multi-sport games which will be great to share with the rest of the team.”

The Team England Swimming team heads to Australia at the end of March.

The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony takes place on 4 April. The swimming competition taking place in the Optus Aquatic Centre from 5-10 April 2018.