After months of announcements from smaller crown dependencies, the biggest shoes have begun to drop for the 2018 Commonwealth Games that will be held on Australia’s Gold Coast in April.
England, who finished 2nd on the medals table at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, has announced the remainder of their roster on Friday. 24 new swimmers join the 15 announced on October 4th to make up the largest contingent we’ve seen out of any portion of the UK or its entirety in quite some time.
This meet will be one of two priority events for British swimmers in 2018 – combined with a Scottish-hosted European Championships later in August.
England, who competes independently at the Commonwealth Games but as part of Great Britain in most circumstances, won 10 events in 2014. This year’s roster will look significantly different, though: only 5 of the 9 individual gold medals will be defended, while only Adam Peaty returns from the winning 400 medley relay.
Peaty has accomplished almost everything there is to accomplish in the 50 and 100 breaststrokes in his career – but 2018 will offer an opportunity for a new conquest: a 50 breaststroke Commonwealth gold. While he won the 100 in 2014, former World Record holder Cameron van der Burgh won the 50 by a hair (.02 seconds). Peaty now holds the World Record in that event, and frankly nobody in the world is even close to him, and so he’ll be favored in both the 50 and the 100 meter distances.
Ben Proud is the only returning double champion for England, having won the 50 free and 50 fly in 2014. Also returning from the top of the podiums is Oliver Hynd(200 IM, SM8) and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (200 IM). O’Connor won 6 medals in Glasgow in 2014.
Among the new additions are Aimee Willmott, who withdrew from last summer’s World Championship team and, after funding for thevteam at the London Aquatics Centre Performance Programme was cut, jumped to train in Scotland with the University of Stirling. She, along with fellow British swimmers, have been training in the warmth of Australian summer since Englands Winter Championships in December.
Also added to the roster on Friday was Loughborough’s Abbie Wood, who was 20th at Worlds in the 400 IM; James Wilby, who was 18th in the 200 breaststroke; Joe Litchfield, who joins his brother Max (previously named) on the roster; and 4-time Paralympic medalist Jonathan Fox.
Athletes selected on 5 January
- Abbie Wood (Loughborough University)
- Aimee Willmott (University of Stirling)
- Alice Tai (NPC /Bournemouth Collegiate School)
- Anna Hopkin (Ealing SC)
- Anna Maine (Woking SC)
- Cameron Kurle (University of Bath SC)
- Chloe Golding (City of Manchester Aquatics)
- David Cumberlidge (Edinburgh University)
- Eleanor Robinson (Northampton Swimming Club)
- Elliot Clogg (Loughborough University)
- Jacob Leach (Cockermouth SC)
- Jacob Peters (Poole SC)
- James Wilby (Loughborough University)
- Jarvis Parkinson (Loughborough University)
- Jessica Fullalove (University of Bath SC)
- Jessica Jackson (Plymouth Leander SC)
- Joe Litchfield (City of Sheffield)
- Jonathan Fox (NPC /City of Manchester Aquatics)
- Laura Stephens (Plymouth Leander SC)
- Lewis White (City of Derby Swimming Club)
- Oliver Hynd (Nova Centurion SC)
- Rosie Rudin (City of Sheffield)
- Thomas Fannon (Plymouth Leander SC)
- Thomas Hamer (NPC / City of Manchester Aquatics)
Athletes selected on 4 October
- Adam Peaty (Loughborough University)
- James Guy (Millfield School)
- Ben Proud (Plymouth Leander SC)
- Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (University of Bath SC)
- Molly Renshaw (Loughborough University)
- Eleanor Faulkner (City of Sheffield)
- Andrew Willis (Bracknell & Wokingham SC)
- Max Litchfield (City of Sheffield)
- Lizzie Simmonds (Edinburgh University)
- Freya Anderson (Ellesmere College Titans SC)
- Sarah Vasey (Loughborough University)
- Luke Greenbank (Loughborough University)
- Jocelyn Ulyett (Loughborough University)
- Holly Hibbott (Stockport Metro)
- Emily Large (Newcastle Swim Team)