Team England announces Commonwealth Games swimmers

Ben Proud, the new British Record Holder for the 50m Freestyle

Ben Proud, the new British Record Holder for the 50m Freestyle

Team England has announced a 39 strong team for the Commonwealth Games (including Paralympic games) in Glasgow this summer. 

The team includes plenty of experience with the likes of Francesca Halsall who won five medals in Delhi four years ago plus 29 year old veteran Liam Tancock who scooped gold in the 50m and 100m back in 2010. But there are plenty of newbies too, with 26 of the athletes making their Commonwealth Games debuts.

For me one of the rising stars has to be 19 year old Ben Proud from Plymouth Leander (pictured above) who last week at the South West Regionals in his home pool produced perhaps the best swim of the season with a new British record of 21.86 seconds in the 50m Freestyle.

Beating Adam Brown’s previous British record in the event, Proud’s swim was the fastest by a teenager this year and the 7th fastest in the world.

The Commonwealth Games team includes three Para-Swimmers in the form of Paralympic champion Oliver Hynd, IPC World champion Stephanie Slater, and teenager Thomas Hamer. Hynd is no stranger to international success, having won gold at the 2011 IPC European Championships in Berlin as well as last year’s IPC World Championships in Montreal.

Team Leader for England’s swimmers in Glasgow will be Dawn Peart who believes the team of 2014 is ideally prepared to meet the challenge. Says Peart: “I am looking forward to leading the England swimming team in Glasgow and am excited about England’s prospects given the balance of experienced swimmers and newcomers on the team.”

Two weeks ago, Team Scotland announced their largest aquatics team in Commonwealth Games history for Glasgow 2014. Of the 38 swimmers chosen (including Hannah Miley and Michael Jamieson), 28 will be making their Games debuts.

Here is the full list of English swimmers chosen for the Commonwealth Games:

Swimming at the Commonwealth Games takes place at Tollcross International Aquatic Centre from 24th to 29th July 2014. For more information on the team go to We Are England