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Bittersweet Commonwealth selection for Nick Grainger

Competing in the Commonwealth Games in Australia will be a bittersweet moment for Nick Grainger – but he is ready to do his best for Team England.

He was the final member of the squad to be called up after getting the nod to replace the injured Max Litchfield.

Nick Grainger
  • DOB: 03/10/1994
  • Club: City of Sheffield
  • Coach: Russ Barber
  • CWG: Finished fourth in the 4x200m Freestyle Relay and eighth in the 200m Free on debut at Glasgow 2014.

And while freestyle swimmer Grainger is looking forward to the opportunity to perform at his second Commonwealth Games, he was disappointed for his injured City of Sheffield teammate.

The 23-year-old said: “I am really pleased to be included in the team. I’m obviously devastated for my team mate Max, but I’m in good shape and am looking forward to racing on the Gold Coast.

Multi-sport Games experience

“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.”

Grainger is a double world champion after being part of the 4x200m Freestyle Relay team that won gold in 2015 and 2017.