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Alice Tai relishing Commonwealth Games debut

Paralympic champion Alice Tai is relishing the chance to meet new people as part of Team England’s Commonwealth Games squad.

The 19-year-old, who trains within the National Performance Centre in Manchester, is competing at her first Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast.

Alice Tai
  • DOB: 31/01/1999
  • Club: Bournemouth Collegiate School SC
  • Coaches: Zoe Baker / Adam Parfitt / Graeme Smith
  • CWG: Making debut at Gold Coast 2018

But despite her teenage years, Tai is an experienced para-swimmer, having won gold as part of the 4x100m medley relay team in Rio in 2016. She also claimed a bronze medal in the S10 100m backstroke in Brazil.

Tai also won four medals – three bronzes and one relay gold – at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow and returned from the 2014 European Championships in Eindhoven with a gold, silver and bronze medal.

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Now now her focus is on the Commonwealth Games – and she will be looking to add to her medal haul while on Australia’s Gold Coast

“For me, being on a Commonwealth Games team is a lot more exciting than worlds and Europeans because it’s a mix of sports and of able-bodied and para-sport together,” she told the Bournemouth Echo.

“It’s also exciting to have new team-mates. I’ve been on the British para-swimming team for four years now, which is great, but it’s exciting to meet new people.”

Tai was awarded an MBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list.

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