English juniors rewarded for success with place on British World Class Programme

Seven English youngsters have been recognised for their success on the international stage in 2019, selected for the first time as part of the British Swimming World Class Programme for the 2019-20 season.

British Swimming selected the squad of 48 swimmers – including 34 English athletes – based on past and current performances, as well as their potential to win medals at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and beyond.

Kayla van der Merwe, Jacob Whittle, Freya Colbert, Michaella Glenister, Tamryn van Selm, David Cumberlidge and Ed Mildred have all earned places on the Podium Potential tier, with a view to building towards Paris 2024.

Winchester City Penguins swimmer van der Merwe has enjoyed a breakthrough season, being crowned European Junior champion in the 100m Breaststroke, before winning two medals at the World Junior Championships in Budapest.

Whittle and Mildred were also on the podium at the European Junior Swimming Championships in Kazan, part of the Men’s 4x100m Freestyle relay team which won bronze.

Leicester Sharks swimmer Glenister won bronze in the 400m Individual Medley at the World Junior Championships as part of a brilliant campaign which saw her set four new personal bests. 

British Swimming National Performance Director, Chris Spice, said: “Our junior swimmers continued to impress against the best in the world and a number of those involved in strong performances across the European and World Junior Championships have been rewarded with a place on the World Class programme for the next 12 months.

“For some of the younger athletes, they will be on a longer journey toward Paris and we look forward to working with them and developing them to be the best they can be over the coming years.”

Medal hopefuls for Tokyo

Meanwhile, 2019 FINA World Championships medallists Luke Greenbank, James Guy, Adam Peaty and James Wilby have been named in the Podium tier, featuring a group of medal hopefuls for next year’s Olympics in Tokyo.

They are joined by 2017 50m Butterfly world champion Ben Proud, Ellesmere College’s Freya Anderson, Plymouth Leander’s Laura Stephens and Loughborough NC duo Molly Renshaw and Siobhan Marie O’Connor.

The British swimming team won six medals at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and will be hopeful of improving on that in Tokyo.

Spice added: “The programme has enjoyed another strong year, culminating with our swimmers winning seven medals at the World Championships in Gwangju, three of which were gold.

“The WCP is not an end in itself and we know we must improve from where we were at the World Championships in Gwangju if we want to meet all our targets for next year.”

British Swimming World Class Programme 2019-20


  • Freya Anderson (England) – Ellesmere College
  • Georgia Davies (Wales) – Loughborough University
  • Tom Dean (England) – National Centre Bath
  • Luke Greenbank (England) – National Centre Loughborough
  • James Guy (England) – National Centre Bath
  • Calum Jarvis (Wales) – National Centre Bath
  • Cameron Kurle (England) – National Centre Bath
  • Max Litchfield (England) – National Centre Loughborough
  • Scott McLay (Scotland) – University of Stirling
  • Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (England) – National Centre Bath
  • Adam Peaty (England) – National Centre Loughborough
  • Ben Proud (England) Plymouth Leander
  • Molly Renshaw (England) – National Centre Loughborough
  • Duncan Scott (Scotland) – University of Stirling
  • Laura Stephens (England) – Plymouth Leander
  • Alys Thomas (Wales) – Swansea University
  • James Wilby (England) National Centre Loughborough

Podium potential

  • Kyle Booth (Wales) City of Cardiff
  • Cameron Brooks-Clarke (England) City of Sheffield
  • Charlie Brown (England) City of Sheffield Swim Squad
  • Jack Burnell (England) National Centre Loughborough
  • Greg Butler (England) National Centre Loughborough
  • Freya Colbert (England) Nova Centurion SC
  • David Cumberlidge (England) Edinburgh University
  • Kathleen Dawson (Scotland) University of Stirling
  • Alice Dearing (England) Loughborough University
  • Michaella Glenister (England) Leicester Sharks Swimming Club
  • Archie Goodburn (Scotland) Warrender Baths Club
  • Holly Hibbott (England) Stockport Metro
  • Charlie Hutchison (Scotland) Ellesmere College Titans SC
  • Daniel Jervis (Wales) Swim Swansea
  • Emily Large (England) Newcastle Swim Team
  • Joe Litchfield (England) National Centre Loughborough
  • Edward Mildred (England) Northampton Swimming Club
  • Ross Murdoch (Scotland) University of Stirling
  • David Murphy (England) National Centre Loughborough
  • Jacob Peters (England) Poole SC
  • Nick Pyle (England) University of Stirling
  • Matthew Richards (Wales) The Royal Wolverhampton School
  • Katie Robertson (Scotland) Edinburgh University
  • Toby Robinson (England) National Centre Loughborough
  • Ciara Schlosshan (England) City of Leeds
  • Katie Shanahan (Scotland) City Of Glasgow Swim Team
  • Chloe Tutton (Wales) Bath NC
  • Kayla Van Der Merwe (England) Winchester City Penguins
  • Tamryn Van Selm (England) Bromley SC
  • Jacob Whittle (England) Derventio Excel Swim Squad
  • Brodie Williams (England) Millfield School