Friday, May 16, 2014 Scottish Swimmers Go Head to Head Against England and Wales In The Battle of SwimBritain Robbie Renwick is looking forward to teaming up with fellow Scottish swimmers for the Battle of SwimBritain “I’d love to see as many people as possible giving SwimBritain a go with me later this year and with the training app available to all participants alongside training plans, you have all the tools you need to put in your own medal-winning performance!” Robbie Renwick UPDATE: We are sorry to announce that Michael Jamieson has had to withdraw from taking part in the Battle of SwimBritain race as a precaution due to a minor muscle injury. For all of you Scottish Swimming fans out there – don' t worry. Lewis Smith will be taking Michael's place. So the team is in good hands – and we are pretty sure that Michael will be pool side to give #SwimBritain Scotland his full support. Saturday 17th May 2014: Four of Scotland’s brightest swim stars are teaming up to take on England and Wales this weekend to complete the Scottish Gas SwimBritain challenge. Commonwealth medalists Robbie Renwick and Craig Benson, Lewis Smith and World Championship finalist Craig McNally are joining forces in the pool for a very special training exercise and some friendly competition as they prepare to represent their nation this summer. Facing them on the starting blocks will be Aimee Willmott, James Guy, Siobhan Marie-O’Connor and Fran Halsall for the England contingent. Welsh swimmers Rob Holderness, Calum Jarvis, Jemma Lowe and Tom Laxton will complete the trio of teams competing in the Battle of SwimBritain race. SwimBritain is a four-person relay where each team member swims 250m four times around a specially-designed course in a dedicated 50m pool. Taking place at locations around the country from August, it will give the public a chance to join the Battle of SwimBritain athletes and many more to complete the challenge and celebrate a summer of swimming. The Battle of SwimBritain race taking place this weekend will kickstart their training for the SwimBritain challenge, as well as give the teams a sneak peak at how they measure up against each other as individual nations. Leading the Scottish quartet, Freestyle swimmer Robbie Renwick said: “I’m really looking forward to teaming up with my fellow Scots swimmers for the Battle of SwimBritain. As elite swimmers we’re all naturally competitive, so there will definitely be an element of sizing up the other teams, especially as it’s the first time we’ve competed as individual nations this season. “Winning medals at a national and international level is obviously the pinnacle for all elite swimmers, but it’s the hours of training and preparation in the pool that make it possible to go out there and give your best performance. The same applies for challenges like SwimBritain; it’s the preparation that counts so a good training schedule can’t be underestimated. “I’d love to see as many people as possible giving SwimBritain a go with me later this year and with the training app available to all participants alongside training plans, you have all the tools you need to put in your own medal-winning performance!” Registration for Scottish Gas SwimBritain is now open and teams can sign-up to join one of Britain’s swimming stars to complete the challenge at the end of the summer. Available for all participants that sign up, the SwimBritain Training app will help track, log and monitor progress as swimmers around the country prepare to take on the 1000m water challenge. Also available are instructor-led sessions for all SwimBritain participants at one of over 120 pools nationwide, as well as online training materials at swimbritain.co.uk Find your nearest venue and more by visiting swimbritain.co.uk or following @BGSwimming and Facebook.com/BGSwimming.