Peaty headlines swimming team for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

Adam Peaty will headline the Team England swimming team heading to the Gold Coast for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

A total of 15 swimmers have been selected by Swim England after the first phase of qualification.

Peaty will be heading to his second Games, looking to retain the 100m breaststroke title he won in Glasgow four years ago.

Commenting on his selection, Peaty said: “It’s great to be selected, representing Team England is always going to be something close to my heart.

“It all kicked off for me four years ago [Glasgow 2014] so going back there to defend my titles and get the 50m breaststroke this time, it’s going to be pretty special.”

Team England swimmers selected for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

  • Adam Peaty (Loughborough NC)
  • James Guy (Bath NC)
  • Ben Proud (Plymouth Leander)
  • Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (Bath NC)
  • Molly Renshaw (Loughborough NC)
  • Eleanor Faulkner (City of Sheffield)
  • Andrew Willis (Bath NC)
  • Max Litchfield (City of Sheffield)
  • Lizzie Simmonds (Edinburgh University)
  • Freya Anderson (Ellesmere College Titans)
  • Sarah Vasey (Loughborough NC)
  • Luke Greenbank (Loughborough NC)
  • Jocelyn Ulyett (Loughborough University)
  • Holly Hibbott (Stockport Metro)
  • Emily Large (Newcastle Swim Team)

The team also includes Commonwealth medallists James Guy, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, Andrew Willis, Molly Renshaw, Ben Proud and Lizzie Simmonds.

O’Connor, who trains at Bath National Centre, had a hugely successful Games in 2014. She secured a total of six medals including gold in the 200m Individual Medley.

While there is a wealth of experience on the team, there are also six athletes who will be making their debut appearance. This includes 16-year-olds Freya Anderson of Ellesmere College Titans and Emily Large of Newcastle Swim Team, who both won gold medals at this year’s World Junior Championships.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Swimming Team Leader Grant Robins said: “This is an exciting team that has been selected for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. We have a wealth of experience from athletes that know what it takes to win.

“We also have a number of new athletes that will be taking the step up and experiencing a multi-sport event for the first time.

“I know the team will work hard in their home programmes to be the best they can be when they step on the plane to the Gold Coast.”

These fifteen athletes are being announced by Team England following the first phase of selections by Swim England. The remaining athletes will be selected following qualification at the Swim England National Winter Championships 2017 in December.