Dream come true for Greenbank

Luke Greenbank says it will be a dream come true when he gets to compete for Team England at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

While the 20-year-old is relatively new to the senior international scene, he was one of the first people to earn his right to travel with Team England to the Gold Coast, selected after passing the nomination time for 200m Backstroke at the 2017 World Championships.

Luke Greenbank
  • DOB: 17/09/1997
  • Club: Loughborough University
  • Coach: Mel Marshall
  • CWG: Making debut at Gold Coast 2018

And after being only a spectator at Glasgow four years ago, he is looking forward to the chance to represent his country at his debut Commonwealth Games.

He said: “It feels amazing to be selected to compete for Team England.

“I remember watching the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and wishing I was there competing. Having the opportunity to represent my country at this level is a dream come true.”

Fast progress

Loughborough-based Greenbank has made fast progress in the past four years.

He set a junior world record at the 2015 European Games as he won gold in the 200m backstroke. He also took the 100m title at the same competition.

He won back-to-back British titles over 200m Backstroke in 2016 and 2017, before making his World Championship debut last year, reaching the semi-finals of the 200m Back.

With Commonwealth selection already confirmed, he struck double gold at the Swim England Winter Championships in December 2017. He beat reigning 100m Backstroke Commonwealth champion Chris Walker-Hebborn to the touch over 100m, then added the 200m title later in the meet.