Olympic silver medalist Siobhan-Marie O’Connor of Great Britain has announced she is changing training homes, leaving the National Centre for Swimming at Bath and moving to National Centre for Swimming at Loughborough.
“It’s time to say goodbye, however, I’m really excited to start afresh in a new place next season,” writes the 23-year-old versatile swimmer.
“It’s obviously been a tough decision, but I want to thank every single person who was a part of my journey in Bath – staff and swimmers – because it just wouldn’t have been the same without my second family.”
O’Connor will be leaving Lead National Coach Dave McNulty and heading toward the Loughborough coaching staff of Lead National Coach Mel Marshall, National Coach Dave Hemmings and Support Coach Andrew Wallace. She says she will be starting at her new training location in September.
Loughborough is a perpetual hotbed of talent, home to the likes of Adam Peaty, James Wilby, and Molly Renshaw, just to name a few.
O’Connor has been at Bath for the past 12 years and earned an Olympic silver medal to bring back to the club, taking runner-up behind Katinka Hosszu in the 200m IM in Rio. She finished 7th in the same event at the 2017 World Championships, followed by 2IM gold at last year’s Commonwealth Games.
Most recently at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Korea, O’Connor finished 7th in the 200m IM event after having taken the British national title.
Georgia Coates, Jessica Fullalove, James Guy and Calum Jarvis are among the swimmers who train at Bath.
SwimSwam has reached out to O’Connor for further comment on her move.
Thank you Bath💖 pic.twitter.com/CnGVp4DQDV
— Siobhan-M O'Connor (@SiobhanMOConnor) August 14, 2019