Friday, October 17, 2014

British Para-Swimming Performance squads named for 2014/15

"The athletes selected to the podium programme have all demonstrated they have the ability to be able to return medals in Rio." Chris Furber, National Performance Director

British Para-Swimming has announced 49 athletes that have been chosen to be part of the Podium and Podium potential as the sport continues to build towards Rio 2016 and beyond.

The sport has been working through a robust review programme with athletes to decide who would receive direct support from UK Sport through the World Class Performance Programme.

A total of 23 athletes have been named on the Podium programme, including Scots Andrew Mullen and Scott Quin with a further 26 on the Podium Potential programme including Erraid Davies and Reagan Doig and all of these athletes will benefit from an Athlete Personal Award (APA).

The sport enjoyed a successful summer with a total of 73 medals at the IPC Swimming European Championships – exceeding the UK Sport medal target. But with just two years until the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games the sport know identifying the right athletes is vital to their continued success.

National Performance Director Chris Furber explained: “The 2015 season will be of huge significance for the sport as we move into the final 700 days until the Rio Paralympics and the athletes selected to the podium programme have all demonstrated they have the ability to be able to return medals in Rio.

“The funding criteria that we put in place is based on whether the athlete has demonstrated that they on the right trajectory to reach what we’ve predicted the medal times in Rio to be.

“Athletes must be able to demonstrate that they are improving year on year to receive the top level of funding. It’s not enough to be European Champion, the athletes need to demonstrate that they are improving to keep up with the rest of the world who we know will improve exponentially in the two years ahead of the Games.

“Now, we are in the process of meeting all the athletes and their coaches one-on-one to ensure they have identified correct process goals and a solid plan in place to make the necessary step up at the IPC World Championships in Glasgow next year.”

Performance Pathway Manager Craig Nicholson added: “We have worked through a robust process for selecting athletes onto the Podium Potential programme and I believe that we have a strong group of athletes that have shown real potential for the future.

“For the 26 athletes selected for the 2014-15 season, the athletes have a mixture of goals.  Some will be aiming for Rio in 2016 but all have the long term goal of being on the podium in 2020.”

The 2014-15 Podium athletes consist of:

Athlete                                               Home Programme/Club              

Josef Craig                                City of Sunderland          

James Crisp                              City of Sheffield               

Jonathan Fox                             City of Manchester Aquatics      

Oliver Hynd                               Nova Centurion               

Sascha Kindred                          Leominster        

Aaron Moores                             Aquae Sulis SC  

Andrew Mullen                                  Ren 96 

Scott Quin                                          Warrender Baths            

Jack Thomas                              Swansea University       

Matt Walker                               City of Manchester Aquatics      

Jessica-Jane Applegate                 UEA Norwich    

Claire Cashmore                         National Performance Centre/Wyre Forest SC  

Bethany Firth                             Ards SC

Charlotte Henshaw                      Nova Centurion               

Harriet Lee                                City of Newcastle            

Nicole Lough                              City of Sunderland          

Amy Marren                               Romford Town 

Stephanie Millward                      Aquae Sulis SC  

Susie Rodgers                            Beckenham       

Hannah Russell                          National Performance Centre/Guildford City     

Eleanor Simmonds                      Loughborough University            

Stephanie Slater                         National Performance Centre/Preston SC           

Alice Tai                                   Bournemouth Collegiate School               


The 2014-15 Podium Potential athletes consist of:

Athlete                                              Home Programme/Club

Benjamin Foulston                      Nova

Matthew Gibson                         Derwentside

Thomas Hamer                          National Performance Centre/Burnley Bobcats

Karl Harazawa                           Dulwich Dolphins

William Hardy                           Gateshead and Wickham

Craig Harris                              Swansea University

Lyndon Longhorne                      National Performance Centre/Durham City

Ryan Nicholls                            Enfield

Jamie Warriner                         Preston SC

Lewis White                             City of Derby

Matthew Wylie                          City of Sunderland

Rosie Bancroft                          Manchester NPC/City of Oxford

Chloe Buck                              Harrogate Swimming Club

Chloe Davies                            Swansea University

Erraid Davies                                   Delting Dolphins

Reagan Doig                                    Perth City Swim Club

Coral Farrell                             Warriors of Warrington

Danielle Hartin                          Basildon Phoenix

Tully Kearney                            Boldmere

Lily Macleod                              Richmond Dales ASC

Adele Maguire                            Warriors of Warrington

Jay McCabe                               Darlington ASC

Katie Nesbitt                             UEA Norwich

Megan Richter                            Orion

Eleanor Robinson                        Northampton

Zara Mullooly                            Woking