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Team Wales announce Aquatics Squad for Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018

Swim Wales are delighted to confirm that 15 athletes have gained selection to represent Team Wales at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, which will take place on the Gold Coast, Australia from the 4 to 16 April 2018. The squad is made up of 12 swimmers, 2 para–swimmers and 1 diver. Ross Nicholas, Swim Wales National Performance Director, said ‘It is great to see such a strong group of aquatic athletes selected for the 2018 Games and their selection is a result and reward for the incredible dedication and commitment that they (and their home coaching team) show on a daily basis to improve themselves as athletes. To represent Wales at the Commonwealth Games is a highlight in the career of any Welsh athlete and the team is looking forward to joining up with the other sports at the Games to represent Team Wales with pride.’

The 15 Aquatic Athletes selected are:

Jazz Carlin - Swimming
Georgia Davies - Swimming
Chloe Tutton - Swimming
Alys Thomas - Swimming
Kathryn Greenslade - Swimming
Harriet Jones - Swimming
Ellena Jones - Swimming
Harriet West - Swimming
Bethan Sloan - Swimming
Calum Jarvis - Swimming
Daniel Jervis - Swimming
Xavier Castelli - Swimming
Jack Thomas – Para swimming
Alex Rosser – Para swimming
Aidan Heslop - Diving

The squad contains a mix of experienced athletes as well as some exciting young sporting talent. Nicholas said ‘The balance of the squad is extremely exciting and includes some very experienced athletes who have won medals at a global level as well as several athletes who will be making their major games debut on the Gold Coast. These athletes will be very well supported at the Games by 9 specific aquatic staff members who will bring a variety of expertise to help the athletes achieve their potential in April, as well as the being supported by the Team Wales HQ staff which will be led by Chef de Mission, Prof. Nicola Phillips’. The 9 specific aquatics staff members selected are:

Ross Nicholas – Team Leader / Head Coach
Graham Wardell – Swimming Coach
Adam Baker – Swimming Coach
Stuart McNarry – Swimming Coach
Graeme Antwhistle – Swimming Coach
Spencer Fuge – Strength and Conditioning Coach
Ben Scott – Performance Scientist
Sally Freeman – Diving Coach
Julie Morgan – Team Manager

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