Monday, June 14, 2021

Lucy Hope Selected for Tokyo Olympic Games

Lucy Hope and Laura Stephens have been named by the British Olympic Association (BOA) to represent Team GB at this summer's Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, completing a swimming team of 30 that will head to Tokyo next month. 

The pair were both part of the British cohort that enjoyed a record performance at the recent European Aquatics Championships, with Edinburgh University athlete Hope picking up four gold medals across a host of relay events and Stephens of Plymouth Leander helping Britain to a stunning Women's 4x100m Medley Relay victory and Championship record on the final night of action.

Like Stephens, Hope is now preparing for her maiden Olympic appearance after some eye-catching form through selection trials, the European Championships and the Glasgow Meet. She said,

"It's quite surreal, especially after the year we've all had with COVID and everything. It has extended a four-year cycle to a five-year cycle. I'm just over the moon and can't wait for the experience," she said.

"My first ever Olympics, it's the pinnacle of our sport. It will be special. We've got kitting out soon, so even just to go and experience that, it's all about me absorbing as much as I can and then going and putting down some good performances in the summer."

On the final selections for the swimming team, Team GB Chef de Mission for Tokyo 2020 Mark England said: "It is fantastic to be able to welcome two more talented swimmers on to the team for the Tokyo Olympic Games. This is an incredibly strong team of 30 individuals and we’ve seen from Laura and Lucy’s recent performances that they will undoubtedly impress in Tokyo.

“We’d like to congratulate them both on their selection and hope that they soak up all the excitement that comes with being an Olympic debutant.”

Chris Spice, British Swimming National Performance Director and Team GB Swimming Team Leader, added: "I’m delighted to welcome Laura and Lucy on to the team, their selection just reward for some impressive swims over the last month, individually and most importantly in our relays. They have shown incredible resilience to bounce back and get the job done – this epitomises one of the key traits of our 30-strong team.

“I’ve no doubt they, along with the rest of the team, will kick on again as we fine tune our preparations for the Games over the coming weeks.”

TeamGB will add the final aquatics athletes to its line-up for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games later this month with the announcements of the artistic and marathon swimmers.