THE British swimming squad are making sure that the Olympic ‘rookie’ South Yorkshire trio of Ellie Faulker, Becky Turner and Joe Roebuck are being well looked after.
Sheffield’s Faulker, aged 19, and Rotherham’s Turner, who will be 20 on August 1, both surpassed expectations by making the London team when the 2016 Games in Rio is possibly their more realistic chance of winning a medal. For Roebuck, aged 27, from Rotherham, it will also be his first Olympics after just missing out in 2008.
However, an experienced group including the likes of double-Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington, world open water champion Keri-Anne Payne and Commonwealth Games winner Robbie Renwick are mentoring Olympic first timers to ensure they get the most out of the experience.
Renwick said: “My first Games in Beijing passed me by very quickly.
“There’s a small group of us where our role is to look after the younger ones. We want to make sure they’re okay. It can be a scary experience but my message to them is to enjoy it, have fun and race well.”
Roebuck and Turner are both in action on the first main day of competition on Saturday.
Faulkner has to wait until Turner’s birthday before her Olympic debut.