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French test for Swim England 2024 squad

Members of Swim England’s 2024 squad will be gaining experience of an international competition this weekend when they take part in the French Open.

Eight swimmers are travelling to the outdoor Oydessy pool in Chartres for the two-day event, which begins on Saturday 7 July.

Grant Robins, Swim England’s head of talent swimming, said: “The 2024 squad aims to create resilient and robust athletes and inspire them to achieve world-class status in the future.

“This opportunity to swim internationally as preparation for the end of season performances will help them to identify and enhance their skills & behaviours for race day.

Swim England 2024 squad competing in the French Open

  • Zak Aitchison (Stirling University)
  • Amy Bell (City of Sheffield)
  • Samuel Budd (City of Sheffield)
  • Emily Crane (Loughborough University)
  • Isobel Grant (City of Sheffield)
  • Jacob Greenow (Bath University)
  • James McFazden (Loughborough University)
  • Alex Wray (Loughborough University)


  • Sean Kelly (Stockport Metro)
  • Marc Spackman (Royal Wolverhampton School)

“With a small team, we hope the swimmer coach ratio will help create a positive environment for swimmers to race well and gain confidence leading into Sheffield. It’s a well-run, exciting outdoor venue that will throw up challenges for the team. 

“I am looking forward to seeing the results.”

The Swim England 2024 squad looks to support swimmers who have already achieved a level of performance which could lead to inclusion on British Swimming’s World Class Programme.

It also aims to inspire swimmers to achieve world-class status and see them represent England at the Commonwealth Games or Great Britain at the Olympics.