Ones to watch at this year’s Commonwealth Games

Ross_DavenportWith what will be no doubt a very exciting Commonwealth Games just around the corner we recently spoke to Olympic and double gold Commonwealth Swimmer Ross Davenport to find out his top British swimmers to watch.

Ross’s Recommendations:

1) James Guy, England. The most talented freestyler Great Britain has seen in the past decade.

2) Ross Murdoch & Adam Peaty, Scotland & England. An extremely talented pair of Breaststrokers. They finished 2013 8th and 12th in the world for the 100m Breast Stroke.

3) Siobhan-Marie O’Conner, England. She’s currently ranked number 2 in the Commonwealth this year for the 200m Freestyle and also ranked number 2 in the World and Commonwealth for the 200 Individual Medley this year.

4) Aimee Wilmott, England-Currently ranked number one in the Commonwealth and number 3 in the World for the 400m Individual Medley

5) Jazz Carlin, Wales – has come back extremely strong after illness and injury in 2012. Missed the Olympics but is currently ranked 2nd in the Commonwealth for 400m Freestyle and Number 1 in the World for the 800m Freestyle.

To find out more about who will be competing in this year’s games and to see the competition schedule please visit the Glasgow 2014 website.  

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2013 Barcelona FINA World Swimming Championship

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On the back of a somewhat disappointing FINA World Swimming Championships for Britain, RAPs would like to congratulate Fran Halsall for her bronze medal in Barcelona last month. Fran set her third fastest 50m freestyle time of her career. She also finished fourth in the 50m butterfly.

Unfortunately Fran was the only swimmer in the British team to win a medal, with three of our swimmers coming in fourth, just one place out of the medals.

This was the first international meet under the new leadership team of Chris Spice, the National Performance Director and Bill Furniss, Head Coach. They have announced that they must make changes to ensure British Swimming gets back on form and starts to compete for more medals.

Speaking to British Swimming, Furniss explained:

“For the first four weeks of my job, Chris and I were looking at the restructure. We have looked at everything we do, all over Britain.

“There has been a massive amount of work to get a new performance management team in.

“Once that’s over, my job will be with the coaches. I’ll be on deck with the coaches, I’ll be in their ear and I want to improve our conversion rate. I definitely see that as my primary role.”

Spice called the Championships an “assessment meet” which has shown the team their current standing and where they need to be to begin to have an impact internationally.

The leadership team are keen to bring back ‘event’ and ‘relay’ camps and will aim to improve on the psychological aspect of racing.

Although this year’s late trials allowed juniors to make the team, it was not so beneficial aerobically because of the short gap between the trials and the main event. Because of the timing of the Commonwealth Games next year, trials will be held in April. The earlier trials should result in a stronger build-up for the team, and hopefully bring more medals as a consequence.

Image Credit: BBC News