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Swimming - 20. October 2007.

OLYMPIC JOURNEY TO START IN HUNGARY






The event provides the perfect test for British athletes who are on the way back from disappointment and injury, respectively, with their eyes set on the Beijing Olympics next summer.

For a large part of the squad the European event will provide another opportunity to compete on the international stage as they continue their development towards the London 2012 Olympics but some will definitely harbour dreams of making it to Beijing and Debrechen provides the perfect starting point.


The swimmers will be guided by Head Coach Kevin Renshaw who will be looking to his squad to push themselves into the frame for Olympic selection for 2008 and 2012.

"Many of the group are undergoing their development ahead of the London Olympics but that said I know that some will be looking to qualify for Beijing as it will provide valuable experience by the time the 2012 Games arrive," said Renshaw.

"It will be the first real test for the squad following a large block of work they've undergone since the end of the summer and it provides a good marker as to where they're at in this very important year.

"Europe takes this meet very seriously and we'll be looking to meet this challenge head on but it's a young team in the main that is looking to use it to build experience and confidence but there will definitely be medals there to be won."

Renshaw believes many of the squad will be in a great position to challenge for honours given their preparation going into Debrechen.

"Around half of the group will attend a four-day meet in Eindhoven the week before where they'll compete long course (50m) before they face a stern short course test.

"This will have a real benefit for swimmers and while they're competing we'll be analysing their races, looking at their starts and turns in an effort to tighten up on key skills for the future."


The LEN European Short Course championships (25m) take place in Debrechen, Hungary from 13 to 26 December 2007.

The Female British squad comprises:

Charlotte Barnes (University of Bath / Mark Skimming)
Emma Bird (Nova Centurion / Bill Furniss)
Sophie Caul (Co Birmingham / Adam Ruckwood)
Rebecca Cooke (Co Glasgow / Stephen Hill)
Georgia Davies (Swansea Performance / Bud McAllister)
Terri Dunning (Co Birmingham / Adam Ruckwood)
Debbie Hall (Co Sheffield / Russ Barber)
Georgina Heyn (Ealing / Dave Heathcock)
Karen Lee (Bristol North / Kim Swanwick)
Louise Pate (Heart of Midlothian / Phil Potter)
Cassie Patten (Stockport Metro / Sean Kelly)
Keri-Anne Payne (Stockport Metro / Sean Kelly)
Katy Sexton (Portsmouth Northsea / Graham Wardell)
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