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Swimming - 29. June 2007.

SWIMMERS TOUR WORLD FOR OLYMPIC PREPARATION


28th June 2007



The nation's best swimmers will first be in action at the ASA National Championships in Sheffield next month before they attend one or more of a number of events taking place around the world this summer.

With no World, European or Commonwealth championships this summer, swimmers and coaches have selected meets that best suit their individual preparations and programmes as they work towards next summer's Olympics.

Teams will compete at meets in Indianapolis, Paris, Bangkok and Japan as they look to end their long course (50m) season on a high 12 months out from Beijing.

For British Swimming Head Coach Ian Turner, the U.S. Championships will provide the type of test he believes will best benefit his group of Freestyle men.

"I shall take a group to the U.S. Nationals and this will give our 200m Freestyle swimmers the chance to stand up as individuals and as relay teams against some very strong competition," said Turner.

"That's our focus for the year and we've done a great deal of work in training towards that aim as we also look to create that special bond that exists between relay teams."

Turner believes there will be real benefits for British Swimming collectively as different programmes within the set-up look to international events that offer a more specific challenge.

"Britain's coaches have had the option of which meets will suit their programme best and have chosen accordingly. It's an exciting time. A year out from the Beijing Olympics and all programmes are focused on getting the right result in China.

"This summer's meets will tell us where we are in that preparation and give us an indication of the work that still needs to be done to ensure people peak at the right time."

British Swimming coach Ben Titley will take a squad to Japan for a training camp and open event at the end of August, and this will mirror preparations ahead of the Beijing Olympics.

"Japan offers an invaluable chance for this group of swimmers to race at the end of the summer in Asia which is what they'll be focusing on 12 months down the line at the Olympics," said Titley.

"It also provides the chance for both athletes and staff to train beforehand in Osaka which is what we're looking at as a venue for our Olympic preparation camp in 2008.

"They'll be able to acclimatise to the environment, get used to the geography of the area and therefore settle better when we arrive ready for our final Olympic preparation."

Ian Armiger (Loughborough University) as Head Coach will take a team closer to home in Paris. Again a quality field is anticipated with the world's most successful swimming nations in attendance.

A squad of 19 British swimmers has also been selected to compete at the World University Games in Thailand.

And the swimming contingent of the multi-sport event will be looking to better the medal tally they achieved two years ago in Turkey where they contributed 10 of the 19 medals collectively won by the Great Britain team.


U.S. National Championships take place from 31st July to 4th August. The British team comprises:
Dave Carry -Aberdeen Dolphins
Daniel Coombs - Gallica/Loughborough University
Ross Davenport - City of Derby
Andy Hunter - Stirling Swimming
Robert Lang - City of Edinburgh
Dean Milwain - Loughborough of University
John Owen - City of Edinburgh
Robbie Renwick - City of Aberdeen
Hannah Miley - Garioch

The Paris Open Meet takes place between 2nd and 5th August 2007. The British team comprises:
Rebecca Adlington - Nova Centurion
Georgia Davies - Swim Swansea
Jess Dickons - Borough of Stockton
Megan Gilchrist - City of Edinburgh
Jo Jackson - Derwentside
Jemma Lowe - Borough of Stockton
Mel Marshall - Loughborough University
Robyn Matthews - City of Edinburgh
Cassie Patten - Stockport Metro
Keri-anne Payne - Stockport Metro
Emma Smithurst - City of Derby

Chris Alderton - Wear Valley
Chris Cook - City of Newcastle
Craig Elliott - Loughborough University
Craig Gibbons - Maxwell/Loughborough University
James Gibson - Marseille
James Goddard - Loughborough University
Andrew Hodgson - Swansea Performance
Stuart Houston - Stirling Swimming
James Kirton - City of Sheffield
Andrew Mayor - City of Newcastle
Peter Thompson - Middlesborough
Chris Watkinson - Loughborough University

The Japan Open Meet takes place 21st to 24th August in Chiba. The British team comprises:
Julia Beckett - Loughborough University
Rebecca Cooke - City of Glasgow
Ellen Gandy - Beckenham
Fran Halsall - City of Liverpool
Kate Haywood - Loughborough University
Jemma Lowe - Borough of Stockton
Caitlin McClatchey - Loughborough University
Hannah Miley - Garioch
Lizzie Simmonds - Lincoln Vulcans

Chris Cook - City of Newcastle
Todd Cooper - Stirling Swimming
David Davies - City of Cardiff
Kris Gilchrist - City of Edinburgh
Ben Hockin - Swansea Performance
Gregor Tait - City of Edinburgh
Liam Tancock - Loughborough University

The World University Games take place in Bangkok, Thailand from 8th to 18th August 2007. The Great Britain team comprises:
Sophie Caul - City of Coventry
Terri Dunning - City of Birmingham
Debbie Hall - City of Sheffield
Louise Henley - Swansea
Karen Lee - University of Bath
Louise Pate - City of Edinburgh
Stephanie Proud - Loughborough University
Katherine Wyld - Nova Centurion

Matt Bowe - Loughborough University
Matt Clay - University of Bath
Euan Dale - Loughborough University
Scott Houston - Stirling
Andrew Hunter - Stirling
Darren Mew - University of Bath
Michael Rock - Manchester
Joe Roebuck - Loughborough University
Charles Turner - Loughborough University
Matthew Tutty - University of Bath
Michael Unsworth - Loughborough University

For further details contact Dave Richards, British Swimming Media Manager, on 01509 632237, 0778 992 6136 or email dave.richards@swimming.org <mailto:dave.richards@swimming.org>
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