Team England swimmers selected for Bahamas 2017

A squad of 12 swimmers has been selected to represent Team England at the Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games.

For many, this will be their first experience in an international multi-sport event. They will have an opportunity to experience being part of a multi-sport team, which plays an important part in their development.

Layla Black will be representing Team England for the second time. She was part of the squad who competed at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa. The City of Leeds swimmer secured gold in the 100m Breaststroke and bronze in the 50m Breaststroke, despite being the youngest member of the team.

Commenting on her 2017 selection, Black said: “It feels great to be selected for my second Commonwealth Youth Games. It fills me with a great sense of pride to have a chance to represent my country again.

“I am looking forward to swimming fast, meeting new people and experiencing a new culture in the Bahamas.”

Seven sports head to the Caribbean for Commonwealth Youth Games

The swimmers will join athletes from six other sports in the Caribbean, introducing Judo and Beach Volleyball for the first time. The event takes place from the 19-23 July. Around 1,300 athletes will compete for a possible 94 medals.

Fred Furniss England Team Leader says: “This I believe is a strong team England team. The vast majority of the swimmers are part of the Great Britain Junior team selected for the European Junior Championships in Netanya Israel.

“The team is selected on a ‘best fit’ basis with individuals covering the full range of events at the Games.

“This will be a great opportunity for our athletes. It will give them their first experience of competition in a multi-sport environment with swimming being one of the seven sports at the Games.

“Going forward, this will benefit our athletes in their continued development should they progress to major games selection at a later stage in their swimming career.”

List of swimmers representing Team England

  1. Layla Black, Leeds
  2. Lily Boseley, Ashfield
  3. Harry Constantine, Dunstable
  4. Leah Crisp, Wakefield
  5. Thomas Dean, Maidenhead
  6. Jakob Goodman, Sevenoaks
  7. Elizabeth Harris, Stoke-On-Trent
  8. James McFadzen, Newbury
  9. Jahrel Murphy, London
  10. Ciara Schlosshan, Leeds
  11. Mason Wilby, Coalville
  12. Alicia Wilson, Guildford