British Swimming has announced its 2017 performance squads for Podium and Podium Potential athletes as the sport enters the Tokyo 2020 Olympic cycle.
Fifty-five athletes across Podium (17) and Podium Potential (38) have been selected to the World Class Performance Programme for the 2016/17 season following an extensive selection procedure. On defining nominations to UK Sport, British Swimming undertakes a thorough analysis of athletes’ current and past performances to assess their ability to win future medals on the Olympic stage.
Athletes selected on to the World Class programmes are eligible to receive advanced training camp and competition opportunities, access to world-class sports science and medicine services, and enhanced support from British Swimming performance staff and National Institute of Sport programmes across the country. Athletes will also receive targeted financial assistance from UK Sport through the World Class Performance Programme’s Athlete Personal Award (APA).
British Swimming National Performance Director Chris Spice said: “The sport enjoyed a very successful 2016 but we know that our aims and ambitions don’t end there as we now move forward to the 2020 Olympic Games. This year’s investment is going to enable our talented swimmers to continue to achieve their performance targets as they set their sights on Tokyo.
“Our focus on process driven goals supporting our clear medal opportunities has delivered fantastic results in the last three years. This valuable support has helped us to achieve as a team and I’d like to thank UK Sport and the National Lottery for their continued investment.”
British Swimming’s Head of Elite Development Tim Jones said: “The past year has been great with some strong performances from a number of our young and talented swimmers. As we begin the new quadrennial we have used this opportunity to make some obvious investments into a new generation of athletes with a clear focus on Tokyo and beyond.
“Through membership of the World Class Programme we believe we can help all of our athletes on their journey by providing a comprehensive support package to help further nurture their talent. All swimmers have been set clear personalised outcome and process goal for the coming season, and we will be monitoring more closely than ever the successful completion of these targets.”
Athletes selected for the Podium programme are:
Athletes selected for the Podium Potential programme are: