Five City of Sheffield swimmers have been named in the Team England squad for this summer’s Commonwealth Games.
Sheffield starlet Ellie Faulkner, Rebecca Turner, Max Litchfield, Lewis Coleman and Nick Grainger are among the 39 athletes selected to represent their country in Glasgow. Rotherham ace Joe Roebuck, who competed in the 2012 London Olympics, has also made the cut.
Another City of Sheffield swimmer, Gareth Mills, who hails from Scarborough, will compete in the 4x200m relay for Scotland.
Much will be expected of Liam Tancock and Fran Halsall when the tournament, which runs from July 23 to August 3, gets underway. Tancock is a double Commonwealth champion while Halsall, who represented Great Britain in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, secured five medals for Team England four years ago in Delhi,
Halsall said: “It’s great to be going to another Games as part of Team England. I’m sure Glasgow will put on a fantastic show and these Games be a good experience for me. I’ve swam quite fast at this event previously and I’ll be looking to improve on that. It’s going to be another good marker two years out from the next Olympics. It’ll show where we are, how we’re doing and how you deal with a multi-sport games environment.”
In 2010, Team England’s swimmers won 34 medals, adding 16 silver and 11 bronze to their seven gold medals.
Dawn Peart, the team leader for England’s swimmers in Glasgow, said: “It is a performance-focused team that has been selected with realistic opportunities for success while for some of the younger swimmers it will be an opportunity for them to make their first mark at international level.”