Just as their home country of Scotland is registering temperatures in the 40 and 30 degree Fahrenheit range, the University of Stirling swimming squad is enjoying the sunshine while down under.
Top athletes from Stirling, including 2014 Commonwealth Champion, Ross Murdoch, 2015 FINA World Championships relay gold medalist, Robbie Renwick, and rising breaststroking star Craig Benson have combined with additional swimmers from Warrender and Edinburgh University for a month-long pre-Olympic training camp in Perth, Western Australia.
The athletes are training throughout the month of January at HBF Stadium within the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) as part of their ongoing preparations for the British Olympic Trials slated for April. Upon completion of the camp, the Stirling squad will then head to Amiens, France for the second stop of the 2016 Golden Tour scheduled for February 5th-7th.
Michael Jamieson, Keri-Anne Payne, and youngster Stephen Milne are among the additional athletes listed below who are taking part in the Australian camp.
University of Stirling:
Ben Higson (Coach)
Steve Tigg (Coach)
Adrian Campbell (Sport Scientist)
Laurel Bailey (Coach)
Ann Dickson (Coach)
Mat Trodden (Coach)
Scottish Head Coach Alan Lynn
Team Manager Lindsay Lewis
Physio James Cruikshank